little needles

IMG_1496How completely and utterly satisfying is that?  Finishing a sock in one knitting-sitting.  Sock #2 is on its way tonight, and because I didn’t have size 1 dpns (what?!  how can you even see that small??) these 0-3 months sized booties are more like a 9-12 months, which is fine, because that little incubating biscuit will be able to wear them next winter.

Loving the yarn, too, a sock blend with colors that switch the perfect amount for nice, thick stripes on infant/child-sized socks.

You want to make little booties, too?  Judy Kaethler’s “Cozy Little Toes” is free on Ravelry.

Summer Knitting

mustard yellow socks!

It’s no secret:  my ambition this year is to handknit pairs of socks for all holiday time-y needs.  Which is convenient, because you certainly don’t want to be knitting sweaters ahead of deadline in the dog days of Summer.  It’s not been so bad, lately, and today has a certain (dare I say) Autumn feel to the breeze… but I was able to bring this project to the beach with me on Saturday, roast in the warm sun like a happy little lizard, splash about, dry off then continue to knit and purl.  Socks, mittens and hats may be out of season in August but they are decidedly the perfect project.

I’m halfway through knitting these ‘basic socks’ (ribbed ankle, knit foot, top down) but for a completed pair I made earlier this year, check this out:

contortionist crafter

Ta-da!  I am finally ‘intermediate.’  Which is exciting, because that’s one more step to ‘advanced‘ and I don’t think I’ve ever been able to do anything advanced before, at least not by pattern and how-to book criteria…