I’ll take Spelling That Drives My Students Crazy for 300, Alex.
Sometimes I feel bad for them, having to remember that ‘n’, ‘kn’, and ‘gn’ all make the same sound. Then I remember that I have another 1000 kanji to learn before I’m considered a literate adult in Japanese.
This pattern spent a lot of time in my queue before I got around to it. Rav says I picked it out July 2010, but I didn’t start them until this September. Cookie A writes many, many amazing sock patterns, some lovely and simple, others completely insane. There’s a technique in this pattern that I actually wasn’t able to carry out as written – instead of having you cast on enough stitches at the the start of the cuff for all of the cables, she instead has you increase right before starting the cables and decrease when they’re done. It’s a very clever technique and makes the cuff and toe much less baggy, I suspect. The cuff increases were so horrifying, however, that when I scheduled the knitting of the second sock, I set aside a whole evening just for the increase row.
The yarn is Knit Picks Gloss Fingering, a merino/silk mix. The colorway is Honey, which has been discontinued since I bought it. I’m hoping that the silk content holds up well, but I’m not counting on wearing these very often anyway. Not even I can get away with knee high yellow socks every week. They’ll also need some sort of garter set-up – the ribbing and calf shaping won’t keep the cuffs up for longer than five minutes.
Next, my other WIP from last week:
Sixty gnomes, made from just leftover worsted scraps and wine corks. Now, before you look at me askance, 1) the corks were donated by multiple people and 2) they took about two years to collect. I am not a lush. The scraps are mostly Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, in Persimmon, Chestnut, Semolina, Forest Heather, and others.
My plan? To leave them in random places over the next month.
Now, except for some bits and pieces, I don’t really have any WIPs going. Starting December 1, however, I’m hoping to do something with these: