....with a couple of colorful finished projects! First up are some socks that have been buried in the WIP basket for going on five years now. I originally started these in an attempt to learn how to knit 2-at-a-time socks on 2 circulars in order to conquer the dreaded second sock syndrome. But the process didn't click for me because it lacked the mindless rhythm that I crave when knitting socks. So the whole tangled mess was thrown in the basket with just the toe shaping needed to be knitted. And there the socks stayed for five long years until today, when I decided to put them onto dpn's and just finish them off separately. A half an hour later, my toes were in hand knitted sock heaven.
These are made out of Cascade Fixation, a soft cottony yarn with elastic. I added the broken rib stitch pattern to my plain vanilla sock formula for a fun effect. So happy with how they turned out and with the fact that I can declare this project finished at last.
Can I add that I do not envy you regular sock knitters the hard task of taking finished photos of your socks! After a few hilarious attempts in which I fell out of the chair as I tried to hold up my feet for the camera, I decided it was best to give up before I caused myself an injury.
The next item to show you begs an answer to the question: when is a project finished? Is it when the pattern instructions declare that you bind off all stitches? Or after you weave in the ends, wash, block and brag about it? Or, in this instance, is it when you know deep down that you will never work on the thing again or use it for its originally intended purpose. But it holds just enough of your affection to stop you from throwing it in the frog pond. That was the dilemma I was in in regards to my Blooming Flower pillow cushion. Until I had a light bulb moment and decided that Lucy would not come storming into my house in a fit of fury if I turned her brilliant pattern into a chair seat cover:
It's a pretty great feeling to have more space in the knitting basket! Now I can kick up my feet and relax and knit away on the never ending cowl that is pine bough....