Many thanks to my lovely neighbor Shawn for loaning me a camera. My digital Sony is kaputz at 3 years old. I have film cameras that are older than dirt and they still work fine, but I won't even start that conversation. Grrr.
So, here we go... knitting!
Back in April, one of the fine ladies at We Do Not Have A Knitting Problem posted pics of a fabulous scarf in Malabrigo - pattern by Imagiknit in San Francisco. The photos sent many into a tizzy, self included, in search of the pattern. Luckily, a pal in the Bay Area picked up some yummy Malabrigo and the shop sample pattern #S316 (free with yarn purchase) for me and I was on the way to scarf love. The whole thing only takes one skein - I'm thinking holiday knitting... (and be sure to block - it's worth it!)
Nothing says July like a warm wooly scarf. Check out the hairy eyeball from my neighbor in the background. Mwahaha!
Pattern: Imagiknit Malabrigo Scarf (pattern #S316)
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted in Tortuga
Needles: US 9 (pattern calls for 10.5)
Finished Measurments: approx. 6.5"x72"
I've also finally finished Scallop from Rowan's Classic Beach. I very happy with this sweater; it's comfortable, it fits, it's soft, and it's finished. Did I mention that? Finished. The poor thing was put on the back burner for nearly a year. I had some headaches dealing with the soft nubby yarn and the set-in sleeves. I finally seamed it using bar-to-head grafting on the top of the shoulders and mattress stitch on the angled and vertical portions. Seaming the mesh portions wasn't as terrible as I feared - even the photos in the pattern book show a bit of a joining seam so it's all good. The only modifications were the length of the sleeves for my ubershorty arms. Four inches were removed (from the sweater, not my anatomy). I think I followed 38" finished size - it's a bit wide, but the cotton/silk has a good drape so it hangs nicely regardless.
Pattern: Scallop (Rowan Classic Beach)
Yarn: Classic Elite's Classic Silk (about 7.5-8 balls)
Needles: US 6 and 7 (addi)
Mods: Sleeve length shortened
And last but not least... another pair of socks. This pattern features a 'french heel' and a round toe. I'm still not sure how I feel about either. Each element looks nice and fits well, but... the heel isn't terribly thick (no slipped ribbing etc) and the toe fits a bit more snug than my usual 'flat' toe treatment. Again, the heel and toe fit and look great, but I'm still undecided.
Pattern: Oak Rib Socks (from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush)
Yarn: Opal Rainforest in Flamingo
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
What is it about socks? I swear sock yarn is laced. Laced in the illegal pharmaceutical sense, not the MonkeyMaven knitting sense. Opal Rainforest, I love you.