A couple of Milo tops for new babies (here's one):
A couple hats for my parents:
A couple more hats for the heckuvit:
The pattern is just a simple stitch pattern on the leg, working the foot according to Priscilla Gibson-Robert's method. I stole the stitch from Beata's blog (at Hedgehog Fibres, the dyer of the yarn I used). It's two rounds of K3, P3 alternated with two rounds of all knit.
The second pair uses the Simple Skyp Sock pattern, but combines it with PGR's heel and toe. I like the way it fits and looks, and it's fun enough to work, now that I have the flow of it. That said, I often find myself thinking more than I'd like when knitting that way. The yarn is a Perendale-Mohair blend I picked up at Maryland a year ago. I'm curious how these will feel when the cold weather sets in; right now they are not very comfortable, even though I am wearing handknit socks whenever I get the chance.
I spun up two braids and plied them together, one in Merino and one Corriedale. They balance each other out both in color and texture, and I am happy with the result. There's 900 yards of fingering/sport weight there.
Oh, and I've started knitting up the Finn I spun in a similar manner:
What's that you say? Do you think it is possible that I can actually finish projects? I've saved the best for last. Both warrant multiple photos, in my opinion.
This Girasole was intended for a Christmas gift about three years ago, but it was preempted by a special request at Thanksgiving. Happily, the intended recipient requested a blanket after seeing my Leaves of Grass, so I merely had to bring it out of hibernation. This past week, I finished it, and took it to my favorite spot for photographs.
The other blanket I just finished was only one year in the making, and it was a joy to knit. It's made entirely of Peace Fleece, and it's lovely.
One square was too bright, so I took a friend's recommendation and overdyed it with charcoal grey to tone it down. It's still a vivid red, but not so garish as before. I think it was a success!
If you're considering trying out this pattern, I recommend it. Lisa at Hidden River Yarns first introduced me to it, and she suggested that it provides a wonderful palate cleanser between projects; I agree... until you get the bug to finish it up. Then it's like potato chips.
You know what else is like potato chips? Photographing it.