I finished up a few things this week, hoping to close out August with mostly empty needles to kick off the official start of fall knitting season.
I finished up the second Altitude Sock to complete the pair, which also served as my final pair of socks for Summer Sock Camp 2022, hosted by the Crazy Sock Lady. Pattern is by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, and I used a sock set from Momma Jess that was an exclusive Sock Camp color (plus contrast color mini of “Greener Grass”). I made one unintentional “design modification” – each of the pairs of green stripes should have a purl row just before and just after them, but I missed doing that on sock #1, so I just matched it on sock #2. These are relatively easy to knit socks. Aside from some M1L and M1R increases that shape the peaks, the rest is just plain stockinette. I do think if I knit these again, I might go up to a US 1.5 needle for those sections as the increases tend to pull in a little bit. They fit fine but take a bit of a tug to get on over my higher arch; they fit well once I’ve got them on tho.
I should have my Softly Spoken shawl finished to share this week at some point. It’s actually off the needles, but needs all the ends woven in and a good blocking to really see how it looks. (I’m obviously farther along than this picture but you can get an idea of how it looks unblocked here.) The pattern is from Janina Callio of Woolenberry and I’m using 5 minis plus a main color skein from a summer solstice box from Rebel Woolworks in their Sahalie Sock.
I also made some progress on my Desert Mandala this week. I moved across to the left-hand bottom corner and mapped out where the borders are going to intersect – whew! It’s always such a relief when you come to the point in a big project where you hope you’ve counted correctly and everything matches up! I’ll be working more on the diamond interior and woven outer borders this week to continue to extend those across the bottom of the piece.
That’s it for me this week YOP’ers – have a good one!