Christmas and the first few weeks of January have taken a lot out of me. I've already had two trips down to Connecticut and one to Florida -- and a good bit of travel knitting to show for it. But that's for another post.
First I want to give you all a bit of gratification: I know you've been on the edge of your seats to find out what the sneak peek project was. It's SOCKS! Specifically, it's By the Fjords (Rav link), from Stephanie Van Der Linden's Around the World in Knitted Socks.
StrungUp and I were in Nido about a month before Christmas, and she picked up the book (she's a sucker for sock patterns; you know how *I* feel about knitting socks -- or, used to feel) and started leafing through it. I looked over her shoulder and... well, we both oohed and ahhed for a good half-hour. Almost every pattern in the book is something one or both of us want to knit. We especially remarked about By the Fjords, and I came back a couple of days later and bought two copies of the book: one for StrungUp, one for me. And then I bought the yarn.
The brown is Claudia Handpaints. Knowing that StrungUp's frustration with Claudia is that it's 100% wool (no nylon, no longevity! Who makes a sock yarn that's going to make holey sock? Claudia, apparently). I held double with a 100% Rayon thread for the heel.
The red and the green stripe are both Happy Feet. I needed two skeins of the brown, and one skein of the red (and one of the green, technically, but it's such a negligible amount that I barely think it's worth counting).
I really liked knitting with both of these, and have already bought more brown Claudia and more Happy Feet so I can do more patterns from this amazing book. You hear that? I WANT TO KNIT MORE SOCKS. I think it had something to do with the stranded knitting.
Seriously, isn't this so cool? So gorgeous? It was a tricky pattern. I had to think. I may have had to fudge things. I may have had to get creative to make the awesome swirly toe work. And I loved every minute of it.
I'm totally knitting these for myself sometime, too. LOVE. I cannot wait to knit about 2/3 of the patterns in this book.
Merry Christmas, StrungUp! And everyone else!