Knitting Updates

On January 15th, I showed you the beginning of Primavera Socks, knit with Wollemeise Blue Susanne.  I was concerned that they were pooling too much, and asked what you thought.  Yes, it was frogged.  So many people rave about Wollemeise, but if this was my only experience with it, it would be a real disappointment.

DD, Celticdragonfly on Ravelry, to the rescue.  She gave me Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn for Christmas.  This book explains why handpainted yarns misbehave, and how to avoid that. I had my choice of tinkering with the Primavera pattern, or trying one of the book’s patterns that were designed for the wilder multi-color yarns.  I went for Rib Fantastic Socks (Ravelry link) from the book.  What a difference it made!

Meanwhile, Acer (Ravelry link) was waiting to be finished, with one and a half sleeves remaining.  I pressed on and finished it this weekend.  The buttons were purchased at a historical reinactment at the fort in Nachitochez, LA in 2003.  The purchase was purely speculative then.  (Who knew knitters bought things without knowing what they would do with them?  Right!) I really like with the waistline shaping of this pattern.  The sweater fits well, but because the garter stitch band is very soft in this yarn, it tends to pull and gap.  This will be primarily a house sweater, and I am very pleased with it.

Did you notice?  I got my hair cut in bangs this week.  I really missed my pixie hair cut with bangs, but DH is very fond of my hair this length.  This new style makes us both happy.