As you may have imagined, with the addition of birthday yarn and now with more Etsy yarn on the way, my stash has gotten a bit out of control. So here's yet another (rather meager) edition of my stash-busting efforts:
A Finer Peace Socks:
The pattern is by Wendy Johnson and can be found for free on Ravelry (link above).
Enter at your own peril, however, for these socks are knit on (DUN DUN DUN) size 0/2mm needles. I've never knit anything with needles so tiny, but I really really love the way these socks came out. I would say that it took a really long time to finish them, but then if you were to visit my project page and see that it only took 10 days, you would probably roll your eyeballs out of your head. I put in a lot of hours, okay...
Now how did I finish a whole pair of socks on teeny tiny needles without completely losing my mind, you might ask. Well, the secret to that is frequent breaks (so your hands don't cramp up) and a very light touch with the needles. That, and modifying the pattern so that k3tbl (scary on larger needles!) became S1, K2tog, PSSO instead. I did break one early on the first sock, but I maintain that particular needle was faulty. Knit Picks came to the rescue and sent me a new one immediately and without question. I didn't have any other breakage problems...
The detailing is absolutely gorgeous:
I'm sorry it's so hard to see in that photo--both the yarn and our apartment are really dark.
You might recognize the yarn from my Myrtle Cardigan earlier this year. I had ~300 yards leftover and it was just the perfect amount to finish these little socklets. In action they come up to about the top of the ankle on size 8-9 women's feet.
I'm not sure if I'll be keeping them or not. They are up for grabs if anyone would like to claim them as a "Christmas gift" (or "miscellaneous" if your name is Jodi). They are very warm, the lace inserts are quite lovely, and they would be perfect in a pair of short boots/other fall/winter footwear. Let me know!
In other knitting news, Ivy is now finished. I'm not entirely in love with it, though. I'll give you a full assessment in next week's post. I am also trucking along with my Que Sera--almost done with the torso section and right on schedule to complete it when the in-laws come to visit next week for Walker's birthday. And then after that, I actually plan to give Venezia another try. Wish me luck that this second attempt proves better than the first!
And now a cute kitty picture to close out this post: