Here’s another project finished long ago that completely missed the blog.
After a trip to Michael’s (I think) my mom brought me some sock yarn. I didn’t know that Red Heart had a 70% wool/30% nylon sock yarn, with aloe even, and was eager to try it out.
Pattern: Toasted Almond Toe-Up Socks (Ravelry link)
Size: 68 sts around
Yarn: Red Heart Heart & Sole in Toasted Almond, 0.75 each of 2 balls (one ball per sock)
Needles: 2.5 mm
Dates: March 11 2009 – March 21 2010
I can’t believe it took me just over a year to knit a pair of socks! I remember casting on for them right after my mom gave me the yarn, and I remember my struggle to find a matching repeat, only to find out that I’d found the repeat- but upside down. Oh well- they were meant to be fraternal.
BTW the yarn was lovely to work with. It felt softer than Regia, and I love my Regia workhorse sock yarn. It wears beautifully, and all handknit socks in this house are thrown right in the wash along with all the clothes, jeans, etc, into the washer and dryer. I have put this pair through at least a dozen times so far with no signs of pilling, sagging or stretching.
I have been asked to knit 2 dog sweaters. What started as a “you can knit those?” somehow turned into emailed measurements and chosen patterns, and now, as if I didn’t have enough on my plate, I have 2 dog sweaters to knit. The pattern I’m using is Icelandic Beauty (Rav link) from the Dogs in Knits (Rav link) book which I had purchased back in ’05 when I was selling dog sweaters to a local boutique.
I’m not sure why the photo has rotated, since my original and the upload were both straight. Oh well.
I’m doing the sweaters in solid red, as per the request, using Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn. I had thought of getting a nicer yarn but then realized that I’m knitting dog sweaters. And these dogs have legs *maybe* 6″ long. These dogs are tiny, and very close to the ground, which means that these sweaters will be getting snow, slush, road salt, and probably a healthy dose of pee and poop on them. 100% machine wash-and-dryable acrylic is just perfect, I think.
This sweater is for Chopsy and while the chest size is perfect I already changed the neck opening and will be customizing the length, length to leg openings and width between leg openings. Yay for knitting to gauge!