On a roll

Ive finished another project. I will ruin this feeling of accomplishment by mentioning these simple socks were started on February 4th and are just now being finished on March 19th. I got sidetracked by a shawl and startitis. In the interim I started many socks and I also started a new shawl the other day.  The pattern for the socks pictured below is Tangled Vines by Chrissy Gardiner.  The pattern was really easy and the chart is only 12 rows long so you feel like you are going really fast when you are knitting them.

They’ve got a seeded rib going down the side and also another vine section running down the front of the sock. The pattern has a short row heel which is my preferred heel anyway.

The toe decreases in the pattern seem to create a pointier toe than what Im used to. I do like the socks though. To abruptly change subjects this weekend we planted a lemon tree and a peach tree. The lemon tree already has little lemons growing on it. We also have a bell pepper plant that has baby peppers on it. It’s weird to me seeing little baby versions of fruit and veggies growing but they are cute. Also I bought an okame cherry tree on ebay. It was a bare root tree so I wasn’t sure how it was going to do but the buds are sprouting leaves, Im  thrilled.  Im going to take some pictures and turn this into a gardening blog in the next post. Well I won’t call myself a gardener yet. I really have no idea what I’m doing but you’ve got to start somewhere. I guess spring has sprung folks. Wherever you are I hope you are enjoying some signs of spring. If not just come back here in the next few days and enjoy some mediocre pictures of spring!

New Obsession

I just finished my first proper real lace shawl. I made a garter stitch shawl once but we wont count that. The pattern I completed was one I bought many months ago. The first time I tried it I just couldn’t follow it. I think back then it was to hard for me (but overall the pattern is not hard at all). I guess my skill level just wasn’t there yet.   The pattern is Batik and yarn is Malabrigo in Abril ( looooove Malabrigo).

The magic of blocking is amazing. Ive never properly blocked a lace shawl and the change is just so much fun.  After my last blocking fiasco I was scared but it went well.

The shawl has these tiny cables that I just love. I cant believe I ever cabled with a cable needle. No wonder I hated cables when I first started knitting in earnest.  This colorway by Malabrgio is beautiful. Its got this purple, blue, pink thing going that I just fell in love with. I could knit this colorway fifty more times.  The scary thing is that I don’t want to knit more socks. I want to knit shawls. All I can think about is casting on another shawl. I’m frightened by this new single mindedness.  I don’t know that I will ever wear a shawl but I want to knit thousands of them right now. I didn’t get it before, but I get it now, shawls are the new socks! (Well at least for now, for me anyway).