I actually have gotten lots of knitting done in the last few weeks. Some has been good, some has been frogged, but progress has been made none the less. I finished Serendipity and LOVE THEM! The color, the pattern, they work so well together.
I have also had a few supersoft yarn purchases that I must share. I finally broke down and got some Colinette Jitterbug that I have been eyeing for a while. The colorway is Monet. I mean, I had to have it...and I did resist for a couple months, but in a moment of weakness, it ended up coming home with me. Isn't it beautiful?
Oh, and here's another one that just kind of followed me home one day. It's very touchable. It's Araucania and so pretty and soft. I picked up both of these at The Knitting Sisters. They always have such wonderful yarn.
I finally started the December 2007 installment of the Rockin' Sock Club. The colorway is gorgeous (Bella Coola) and I really am enjoying this pattern, well, mostly. It was designed by the one and only Cat Bordhi and the pattern is Salish Sea Socks. It's a toe-up pattern and though it's not one of the patterns in her new book, it's definitely different than any of the socks that I have made before. I did order the new book based on this pattern and so far so good, I think. It's hard to stop yourself from thinking of socks in the usual manner, but following these patterns, it's a must.
I watched some of Cat's videos on youtube in order to understand Judy Becker's Magic Cast On and also see demonstrations of socks being knit on 2 circular needles. In the past, I have always done my socks on DPN's (of course I say that like I have been knitting for 90 years rather than almost 2 years). It's the way that I learned and I'm pretty good at maneuvering them around and around until I have a sock.
I do see the benefits of knitting on 2 circular needles so I thought that I would give this a try. I must say that I started on 2 circs, switched to DPN's for the straight part of the toe, and then back to 2 circs for the increases before the heel. And I love the circulars that I picked up... HiyaHiya's. The joins are awesome - very smooth, and the points of the needles are sharp enough for P2togs and K2togs, etc.
And here's the yarn that I am going to be using for my Clapotis. My BFF wound it for me so now I just have to cast on...
Next time...pictures of Salish Sea Socks!