I have finally finished my pattern for the Banana Blossom Socks (link opens to a pdf). You may recall them from my Design a Lace Sock tutorial for Socktoberfest. Yes people, that means I am overdue since October! But, let's just focus on the fact that the pattern is done and posted (linked above and in the side bar with the other freebees) for your knitting pleasure. Mkay?
It was a bit fussy to write and I procrastinated for quite a while because a graceful pattern wasn't evolving. I am fairly happy with the pattern write up. My one complaint is that the increases and decreases for the leg shaping make the chart less user friendly than I'd like. I agonize over my patterns even though they are free. It is my inner perfectionist.
As always, let me know if you find an error, a bit of confusion, or just have a question. Also, please send pictures of the completed socks if you make the pattern. I'd love to add you to my gallery. I know my sock patterns have been downloaded many times and I have not seen a single picture yet. (insert pouty face here) I may have to bribe with a bit of handspun goodness for the first pictures (of any of my sock patterns) that I get.
The pattern for these socks always make me think of Debi. She has been politely reminding me to finish the pattern. I want to dedicate it to her. She is celebrating her second blogiversary. Please pop over and wish her well. She also has a nice contest going to celebrate the occasion. Happy Blogiversary Debi!
I started a new sock. It qualifies under the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid). I am trying to have a simple, portable project that is easy to pick up and put down. Perfect for . . . say a doctors appointment. The pattern stitch is a four row repeat (two of which are mere knitting). Now, I just need to remember to put it down and save it for those times when I need a KISS project.
It is going to be tough to put this down. I am completely in love with the yarn. It is the same sport weight Wensleydale yarn I used for the Penny Socks (link opens to a pdf). I dyed it the last time I took a class with Nancy Roberts of Machine Knitting To Dye For. Go visit her site if you haven't been there before. Don't be put off by the M-word (machine), she has inspiration up the wazoo and is a fabulous teacher.
The colors are brick red, brown, and tan. Wensleydale has a great luster. Dang, I love thee Wensleydale. There is a fairly low contrast between the colors so the stripes are subtle. I was channeling my inner man for some manly colorways and I loveLOVElove this one. Manly, yes, but I like it too.