ahh, holidays are just a bit wonderful, aren't they??
My girl's gone visitng for the week, so there has been lots of lazy mornings, reading, painting, eating when (and what) I feel like, and of course - knitting!
I can't remember the last time I was able to spend 4 hours just knitting? It's wonderful.
I cast on Shur'tugal (free Ravelry download pattern) on Jan 2, and I'm already on the foot of the first sock. Some of you might be familiar with the current knit-along taking place - Super Special Six Pattern Sock Club 2011 (S62011 for short!)
Shur'tugal is their first pattern. I'm not formally taking part in S62011, because I know realistically I'm not going to make it through 6 pairs of socks this year! This particular pattern is lovely though, so I thought I might participate from the sidelines, so to speak.
I'm using Cherry Tree Hill supersock "Indian Summer" colourway, and though I *love* the colours, I think I'd make this pattern again in a solid or semi-solid, to let the smocking pattern show better. But meh...when I made the impulsive decision to cast these on, this was the only skein of yarn already wound into a ball, so it won by sheer laziness on my behalf!
I've also been working on a little top-down raglan cardigan, using some tweedy yarn I picked up in the Bendigo Mills back room super cheap.
It's very old school - cherry red, with pale blue and light pink tweed, and it reminds me of knits from the 60's and 70's. I've called it my "Cherry Bomb", partly because of the nostalgia but also because I was watching that film about Joan Jett and the Runaways - "The Runaways", with Cherie Currie (stage name Cherry Bomb). Film was ho-hum, but the name stuck in my head!
I'm thinking of doing the ribbed bands in navy and putting big white buttons on it?
I think I have about one more ball's worth of stocking stitch to go before it's long enough...I do love top down raglans for so many reasons - no seams, try on as you go, etc - but that long slog at the end sometimes just about does me in!
I am making a concerted effort to have this cast off by the end of January, though. Wish me luck!!