I'm trying to create a mostly Handmade Holiday here, and have quite a few things in various stages of completion. Of course, I have no pictures right now, and it is grey and rainy outside, so I don't think pictures will be coming this morning. But for my own list-loving heart (and the hope that on January 1st, I will look at this list and have everything on it finished) here is a summary of what I hope to accomplish this month:
Cars Hat (2)
Fish Hat (3?)
Mad Bomber Hat
Socks for Layne
Fetching Mitts in purple
Gold Scarf for Mom
Now, all of these save two have been started and several only need some finishing so I don't think I am completely crazy. Just a little crazy. But I only have one more paper to write for class and then I will be finished with that. I will have lots of devoted knitting time in about a week. This looks doable. Maybe.
And I will finish with a gratuitous Fluffy Dog Picture:
What I learned:
* Judy's Magic Cast On. Love this, and it truly does seem to be magic. Although since this is my first pair of toe-up socks, I have really no other cast on to compare it to.
* Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. This is awesome, and so simple.
* There are different ways to M1, depending on if you want a right-leaning or left-leaning increase. Now, the pattern does not state this. It just says to M1. So I did, but halfway through the first toe, it looked kind of messy. I did some Googling and figured it out, which is good because you need to increase for the heels. I don't know why this didn't occur to me, as I know that decreases are paired, but it didn't.
* I kind of don't like M1s. They are fiddly, and I am not used to the motion so I feel like I'm not really smooth at them. I'm sure I'll get used to them, but right now they are a new skill and it usually takes me a little while to warm up to a new skill.
I also mirrored the lace pattern on the second sock, so the diagonals face opposite directions as opposed to both socks leaning one way. Overall, I like the socks and am happy with the way they turned out. I'm not sure if I will keep these for myself or gift them at the holidays. It really depends on how much more knitting I get done!