There's really only one thing a picture like this can mean to a knitter. Things have been finished!
I spent most of the weekend seaming, weaving in ends, sewing on buttons, and blocking. I rarely left the couch, which was pretty much the plan going into the weekend, after a somewhat hellacious Friday spent hopping from one waiting room to the next, as I tried to deal with a messed up cornea. Which, by the way, was made much worse by doctor number two (of three) scraping at it because he thought there was something on my eye. Turns out, he was seeing a scratch and misinterpreting it as some kind of foreign material. Thanks, doc! Oh, well. He did send me off to an ophthamologist, who gave me very good eyedrops.
Anyway - knitting! The first project I finished up was my pair of Embossed Leaves socks.
These were knit out of some lovely hand dyed yarn from Sunnyside Ellen's etsy shop. The yarn was dyed to give a gradual descent into darker shades. I started with the lighter end, as the socks were knit top-down. I was a bit disappointed that I never made it to the darkest green shades.
If I did this again, I'd likely choose a toe-up and go the other way, since I'd rather see more of the darker green. But that's really the only disappointment, and it's a minor one.
The pattern was easy to memorize, and gives really lovely results. It also gave me the chance to try a star toe for the first time, as shown in the awkward photograph above.
The only really unusual thing about these socks was the way I finished them up. I used a nine inch circular needle.
Apparently, this is a new offering from Hiya Hiya, and Linda my LYSO of Linda's Craftique was kind enough to let me try this out. I admit that it's a bit awkward at first, as the needles themselves (as opposed to the cable) are very short. I think that a lot of people just wouldn't enjoy using these, but it works for me just because I happen to hold my needles just right for them.
They're ideal for a purse knitting project, and I like them well enough that I've used them to cast on for my next sock project. Which are the Uptown Boot Socks from Favorite Socks (that's really hard to type without the "u", by the way), in safety orange.
Up next - more finished stuff!