Actual Knitting Content

So now that I caught up with summer I thought I'd post actual pictures of some things I've knit.

There have been lots of socks but these are my favorite:

Just plain knitting, but hand spun yarn, 2 ply, Merino bamboo from Funky Carolina that I got from a Ravelry swap. I love everything about these socks, the way they fit, the yarn, how they feel on my feet. Yum.

I knit this tank up in a last attempt at extending summer. I got to wear it a few times before it got cold.

I saw it in a catalog 6 months ago or so but the pattern wasn't downloadable so I stuck it in my queue and thought I'd probably have to backwards engineer it if I couldn't find the pattern. Then one day I was in one of my LYS's and found the booklet on clearance. WIN!

Pattern: Empire Tunic (ravelry link). It apparently is downloadable now.

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine. I like it well enough, it's not the most glamorous yarn I've ever used but it's nice.

Modifications: Worked in the round. I cast on 1/8 more stitches and worked 5 k stitches in the rib lace instead of 4, then decreased the extra stitches out before the first cable. That gave me more room in the bottom. Also added short rows to the bust.

And I also recently finished Traveling Woman.

I actually finished it a while ago but after blocking was really unhappy with the bind off. It didn't seem tight but when I tried to wear it it was tighter than the shawl so it curled up oddly. And it was warm by then so I didn't need it so it got stuffed in the basket to do later.

Which I think is actually a great plan because then as soon as the weather turns you just have to finish it there it is! I ended up just taking out the bind off and doing it VERY loosely and now it's great.

Yarn: Briar Rose Grandma's Blessing. Love love LOVE this yarn. Love the color, love the way it knits and wearing it around my neck. I have about half the ball left so something else will come out of it I'm sure.

Modifications: Only 1. The pattern calls for an odd number of lace repeats, and I worked an extra one. I just prefer how the center eyelets run into the lace pattern, and how the center has a point.

This is one of my new favorite things. It became the new header of my blog (in case you're reading in a blog reader, check it out, I've got a new layout).