First off, we have some socks that I am knitting for my little sister.
It's hard to believe that I started these things before Thanksgiving. There are a few thing that have contributed to their lack of finished-ness.
- I HATE this yarn. I know, it's a strong word, but really. It is Brown Sheep Company Wildfoote "Luxury" sock yarn. I am never going to use it again. Aside from the fact that it is a horribly nasty color (no offense to those of you who like it. My sister specifically requested it), I don't think the yarn is very high quality. It is not tightly plied so I tend to split it a lot. It is also not soft, in fact, I feel bad for my sister because I don't think they're going to be very comfortable. Taking all of this into account, I really just don't enjoy knitting with it.
- I think the pattern is really ugly. Again, it was specifically requested by my little sister, and although I am doing it correctly, I just don't think it looks good. The pattern is the six-stitch Cloverleaf Eyelet Cable from "Sensational Knitted Socks". I do really like this book and the other patterns I have used from it I have really enjoyed. Maybe it is just a combination of this pattern and this yarn that makes it so hideous. Somehow my sister did like the sock when I showed it to her (but I think she was just being nice). I think I'm going to make her a second pair sometime with better yarn and a more... enjoyable pattern.
So, that is the story of the socks that never seem to get finished. I just cast on for that second one on January 31 and have gotten through a whopping two rows of ribbing before I had to put it down.
My other (much more successful) work-in-progress is the almost unbearably adorable Duffle Coat from Debbie Bliss's "Essential Baby". I am using the Knitpicks Swish DK in Mist that I got a few days ago.
What you see in the above pictures are the finished back (top) and the beginnings of one of the front panels (bottom). There is also a pocket lining in the bottom picture. The other has already been knitted into the front panel, which is why it looks like there is a scar on the sweater. :)
I hope to get more work done on this sweater in the next few days. I am absolutely in love with this yarn. It is so nice to work with. I know that I am going to use it much more in the future because it is oh so amazing.
P.S. Sorry about the picture/color quality. It's hard to take pictures in a dorm room when all the lighting you have is the fluorescent one on the ceiling. Ugly.