Now, just so you know, I haven't been sitting on my butt this whole hiatus! I've been busy. Don't believe me? Then check these babies out!
Look at that fit! Snug as a bug. I got a little antsy to finish them by the time I turned the heel so I decided to make them ankle socks. I had plenty of yarn left but my laziness got the better of me. All in all, this was an easy knit. I definitely will be knitting more socks in my future.
I wish I could have gotten a better shot of the cables but the variated colors are a little distracting. They wash up well which makes me extremely happy! I was very concerned about machine washing and drying them but they held up well. Anytime I wash my hand knits I get nervous, whether hand washing or machine. I try to follow the washing instructions as best I can but there is always a feeling of impending doom. All those hours of work can be completely unraveled with one little snag or shrunken into oblivion with the tiniest bit of agitation. I'm going to get an ulcer with all this washing!!
Oh, finishing my socks aren't enough for you? Aren't you hard to please. Ok then. One more for you.
Thats right! I blocked this sucker real good. Well, good enough anyway. I probably could have done a little bit more stretching but honestly, I was scared! I thought i was going to pop a stitch for sure! Once it was all pinned in place I realized I had nothing to worry about and I could've pushed it a little farther but I was also running out of room on my floor.
I'm so happy with this shawl. Brooklyn Tweed has a fan for life. I've been wearing it so much that I feel a little guilty for ignoring all my others scarves and shawls. I know for a lot of people lace knitting seems daunting but I absolutely love it. It can be frustrating and challenging but it's always worth it in the end when you hold it up and marvel at what you've accomplished. I can only imagine how one would feel if it was there own pattern! I'm not ready for that yet. I'm just starting to understand the different constructions.
Ok, that's not all I did but I don't have the photos to back it up. More to come on my sister's baby blanket and a new sweater I started!
Oh and just to put this out there, I got my learners permit. That's right. I'm just a few steps from operating a large metal driving machine. Be afraid....... Be vey afraid.