This is the time of year for family. Here is a family of socks that I finished up over the fall.
First, the twins.
These socks used some very old stash yarn, Sundara Sport in Chocolate over Cotton Candy. I originally knit a single Snicket Sock with them, but I never liked the sock enough to actually knit a mate for it. Finally, I thought it was crazy to leave such a nice yarn unknit that I ripped out the old sock and remade it into simple stockinette. They're cozy and warm, and I find it comforting to wear them.
Of course, these twins have one noticeable difference. I ran out of yarn with six rows left in the toe. I substituted in some other scraps of Sundara Sport that I happened to have.
The sister socks are wildly colored.
The yarn is from Creatively Dyed, and it's a riot of purples and yellows and how those two colors interact in different ways. I love how the colors look all knitted up. I made a garter stitch leg, heel, and toe on these socks, and let the bottom of the foot be stockinette with the top remaining in garter.
And finally, the cousins. It might be hard to tell that they're from the same family.
This yarn is Unisono from Zitron. The color runs are very long, so I broke them up by striping in yarn from the outside of the yarn ball. This pair has grown on me a lot, and I really like them now. At first, it was quite strange that the first sock (the one on the right) had no warm colors, and then the second one was almost exclusively warm. I'm glad that the blue made a reappearance on the foot to help tie them together.
I haven't been here in a while, partially because I had sinus surgery about 10 days ago. I had been sick for a very long time, and surgery was the only way to fix it. The recovery has been long and slow. My ENT said that I would be able to go back to work on Monday (after a Thursday surgery), and I was planning to be back by Tuesday. But here I am ten days later and still not ready to go back. (I did try to go back to work twice, but both of those attempts were met with exhausting failure.) It's hard to balance the guilt of not being back at work with my physical need to rest, but I've been fighting the guilt as much as I can. And frankly, my body is helping me out by not letting me function correctly outside the house!
One of the perks of a long recovery is getting to spend so much time knitting, reading, and petting my cats. I had almost finished my skirt for the ill-fated KriKniSkiMo before the surgery.
I had to stop and block it because the cables were making the skirt very tiny when I tried it on. I wanted to make sure it still fit like it was supposed to. Fortunately, the skirt blocked very nicely and I will be able to complete it without having to rip or make any sizing changes.
Isn't it pretty? I love this color / pattern combination. I have only a couple of 8-row repeats left to do.
Since the surgery, I've put the skirt aside to make some Christmas gifts for my family. I might not be able to show those here for a couple of weeks! In the meantime, I hope that I'll be able to finally get the energy to photograph some long-overdue knittind and sewing FOs. Oh, and finish up the skirt :)