Bamboo Yarn and Shrinking Violets

At last I’ve taken a few pictures of recently finished projects and yarn acquisitions.

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First up is the pair of picot socks improvised from the seamless toe-up short-row technique I am playing with. I’m sure it has been done before somewhere, but I don’t really know the name of the technique. At any rate, the socks fit great, and I immediately cast on for another pair of socks with some of my recently-purchased mauve Esprit yarn, using a tweaked version of the Diagonal Rib sock pattern on Interweave Knits’ website. As you can see, I’ve already finished one sock, and am just about to unzip the provisional cast-on to begin the instep on the second one.

Diagonal Rib Socks started

Diagonal Ribbing detail

Next is a project that has been waiting for finishing work since last summer, the Victoria Tank. You might (but probably don’t) recall that this tank needed a circular needle I didn’t have for the edgings, and I finally had the chance to get it when my parents visited. The fold-over picot edging came out beautifully, but was much more fiddly and time-consuming than I had anticipated. Thank goodness there were only a few ends to weave in.

Victoria tank completed

Victoria tank edging

I finished the AbFab afghan a few days before my parents arrived, and intended to get a picture of them with it… But I totally forgot, so you’ll just have to trust me that it came out great, and the single crochet borders weren’t as wonky as they might have been. I likewise forgot to have someone take a pic of me in my finished Braid-Edge Cardigan.

Moving on to acquisitions, I now have yarn for four new projects: a vest for my dad, two pairs of socks for my mom, and a… something for me (haven’t decided yet). Here they are:

For my dad, I’ll be making the Skye Tweed Vest from this spring’s IK, from Donegal Tweed in a lovely shade of blue that my dad picked out.

Skye Vest yarn

For my mom, we got two balls of Fixation, destined to become either more Dresser Scarf Socks, or Broadripple Socks. Any preferences? We also got a ball of Regia Jubilee Colors, which will mark my initiation into the world of self-patterning sock yarns.

Yarn for Mom\

Finally, I got some yarn to make myself a summer sweater (probably). This is South West Trading Company Bamboo yarn, in the Sahara colorway. It is gorgeous, very smooth and a bit shiny; knit up, its texture reminds me a bit of rayon. I think the color variegation is just strong enough to rule out any complicated lace or texture pattern, so I would like to keep it simple. I’m envisioning a V-neck and maybe belled sleeves, or else just a draped neckline, for a pullover; or maybe a cardigan with a drapey ruffle down each front. I’ve been scouring my patterns at home and scanning photos online, but nothing has precisely struck my fancy yet.

SWTC Bamboo yarn - Sahara

An unrelated tidbit to wrap up this post… Earlier this week I went home at lunchtime to mow my backyard in between rain showers. As I raced back inside to fix a bite to eat before heading back to work, I happened to look down and saw this, growing under my porch steps:

Backyard violet

I have no idea how this little violet got there, but I hope it likes the neighborhood and brings its friends. 🙂 Seriously, much better than the dandelions and blackberry bushes that keep showing up in our yard uninvited.

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