I’m happy to report that even during the wedding and honeymoon festivities I managed to sneak in a bit of knitting (and thus maintain some shred of my sanity). I took way more than I needed to in terms of projects but a guaranteed that I was never without a project. So without delay, the finished objects:
Pattern: My own.
Yarn: Plymouth Encore in Red (2), Yellow (3), Green (2) and Blue (2)
Needles: US 8’s
The Verdict: I LOVE this project. When my dear friends old me they were expecting I knew it would either be a Hello Kitty project if it were a girl, or a Winnie the Pooh project if it were a boy. There is a distinct lack of usable Disney patterns, so I made up my own. It came out a little abstract, but I still really love it. It was also probably a bit more of a challenge than I needed combined with the wedding planning, but it was worth it to be able to give it to them at the wedding (which is good cause Peanut will make his debut any day now!)
The Pattern: Mockery Socks
The Yarn: Blue Ridge Yarns, Kaleidescope Colorway
The Needles: US 0’s
The Verdict: This was beautiful yarn I got in trade for some sample work. I didn’t expect it to stripe as it did, but that made the Mockery pattern all that more interesting and dimensional. I finished this pair while we cruised around Glacier Bay and they’re my vacation pair of socks for Summer of Socks.
I also managed to start a pair of simple socks on my honeymoon in my favorite KnittyBits sock yarn dyed by Two windows Dye Company, as well as the Roped Shell (from Interweave Knits, Summer 2008) for A Mano. Also on tap are some February Baby Sweaters for my two favorite babies first birthdays this fall, some socks for a friend, and a few projects for me!
Finally in knitting news, I did manage to acquire a bit of stash on this trip. I gave in to temptation and bought a skein of Qiviut in Alaska – I just couldn’t resist this oh-so-soft and beautiful yarn. I also bought a few skeins of local hand-dyed yarn with wonderful Alaskan colorways (like Sitka Rose) and can’t wait to knit some socks with them.