Let's take a break from the baby blanket squares (I'm sick of linking them; just look at the last few previous entries), and it looks like we'll have more than enough for a 40x40 blanket. There definitely won't be enough for two blankets, so maybe I'll just make a slightly bigger one, like 48x40, or something like that.
I've got some small projects finished weeks ago. For some reason I never got around to posting pictures. Life's just been busy. (If you ask why I'm too busy for some things but still find time to knit, you'll get a long, convoluted explanation of events and beaurocracy at the school of music that anyone but me would find dreadfully dull, so let's leave it at that.)
FO #1: a scarf! This one was sent to Syracuse already a couple of weeks ago. It's a thank-you to Pam's mom, the very kind and generous soul who housed and fed me and my son while we were there to do a concert with her daughter.
Pattern: Vintage Scarf from Scarf Style
Yarn: Lion Brand Cashmere Blend, 5 skeins
Needles and Gauge: Meh. It's a scarf. I used size 8 needles, which is what the yarn called for.
Comments: Very cool pattern. The cable is a reversible ribbed dealy, so that was fun. I chose black yarn because the recipient is a professional orchestra musician and they have to wear black all the time. Knitting with black yarn? Not so fun, but the result was worth it.
FO #2: a pair of mittens! This is the first pair of mittens I've ever completed. This little project took me three or four days. Of course, that was over two weeks ago, and I have yet to send them to the intended recipient, but she doesn't know that. It's totally the wrong season for mittens anyway. (BTW, these are for a woman named Marilyn, another kind soul in Syracuse who lent us a crib, a car seat and some toys, and did some babysitting for Daniel. I really need to get her last name and address so I can send her this much belated thank-you!)
Pattern: from Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas
Yarn: Dale of Norway Heilo in a pretty teal and a bit of cream
Needles: size 4 DPNs for a gauge of 6 stitches per inch in the round
Comments: The design is beautifully simple, which is probably why I finished these so fast. The pattern, oddly enough, calls for knitting the mittens flat and then sewing up, even the thumbs. I did everything in the round, but otherwise made no modifications. I wish I actually liked to wear mittens, or I'd make more!
FO #3: last but certainly not least, Embossed Leaves Socks from Favorite Socks
I don't know who these are for. Maybe I'll keep them for myself, or maybe save them for a time when they seem to make an appropriate gift. I can't bring myself to wear them just yet.
Pattern: Embossed Leaves Socks from Interweave
Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull
Needles and Gauge: on size 2 DPNs, I got 7.5 stitches per inch
Comments: How I loved this pattern. I didn't change a thing about it. And the yarn? Baby Ull is a dream. I made another pair of socks with it ages ago and they still haven't pilled or worn out or shrunk or anything.
Next up: some brainless knitting, which is just what I need at the moment. Plain Jane ribbed socks with (!) variegated yarn in colors perfect for spring:
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