Thanks to all the football I’ve been watching the house and garden have gone to hell in a handbasket (as we in England say), but my socks have been progressing – pace dependent on the level of excitement of whichever game I am watching. A couple of the games over the last few days have been a little on the dull side – so one Embossed Leaves sock is done!
This is a great pattern – it’s by Mona Schmidt and is from the Favorite Socks book by Interweave. I know I’ve mentioned this before – probably many times! – but this is an absolute must have book for sock knitters. Embossed Leaves isn’t a beginners pattern, but for anyone at an intermediate level like me, it’s perfectly do-able. The heel and toe are particularly neat. You can’t really see the toe from this photo very well, but it has a very unusual zig-zag pattern, which I just love. I’ll try to get a better photo next time.
The yarn I’m using is Forest by the Green Mountain Spinnery. It is very delicately coloured, but due to the tencel in the yarn it isn’t super soft and I have the feeling that it will wear well. (Which is a nice feeling when I’m investing so much time in it).
If you’d like to see the very same pattern made up in green, take a look at Stephanie’s version at Yarn Harlot. As you can see, great minds think alike! I think she probably likes hers as much as I like mine! She’s knitted two socks though, so she’s ahead of me!
My other ‘big’ news is that I have sent Whirligigs off to England to be quilted at the Quilt Room. I used to shop occasionally at the Quilt Room in Dorking when I lived nearby many moons ago (many, many moons ago if we’re being honest here). I have several of their great books and have great faith that anything going through their hands will be done well. The waiting list is six weeks long, so it will be a while before I get the quilt back. Actually mailing it off was such a strange feeling – part of me was filled with trepidation that it might get lost in the mail, but part of me is just so excited I can’t tell you.
Well it’s time to run – my running buddies and their families are coming over for lunch….that’s a lot of people….so I’d best make sure that there’s enough for everyone to eat and drink. Oh and I’d better haul my teenagers out of bed before the guests arrive…
Wish me luck!