I've been working away at the top down sweater, passed the fair isle section, and on to the lace at the bottom. It is working out the way I imagined. The weather has warmed up quite nicely, so not always comfortable to be knitting on this warm garment, that has gotten to be a good size in my lap.
I really do love knitting socks. They're relatively quick, I can try out new patterns, I love working with hand painted yarns, and they're so portable. I have a couple of grandchildren, that have asked me to knit socks for them. One of them just had a birthday on the first of January, and she asked for socks. So I knit knee-highs, such a good choice considering the cold weather we've been having. I used a handpainted yarn from my friend Liz.
Just great to work with, and feels lovely and soft after washing. The pattern is from the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary called foliage lace, which I ran up the front and the back of the sock. Really pleased with the result.
Well, this is an adventure. I used Cabin Fever's Book, Button Up Your Top Down, as a guide, but I wanted a pullover. This yarn, Chamonix by Jaeger, has angora in it, and sheds like crazy, so I thought a pullover might be a good idea. The cable came from Fiona Ellis's book Inspired Cable Knits, with a little modification so that it has a great beginning at the neckline.
Well, we made it to Florida, only to find that it's cold. We went biking today with jackets and gloves on, and I was freezing. Oh well! It is good knitting weather. I started a top down sweater on the drive down, ripped it back three times, but am well under way now. I'm working in worsted weight, not my usual, and am creating as I go along. I'll try posting a picture of my work in progress tomorrow. Also knitting kids socks. I love working on kids socks. I get to work with bright colours, play with patterns, and they're small, so they go quick. We're getting a lot of rest.