So it seems like forever since I’ve posted an update here! Not that I haven’t been knitting. Or taking photos either. I just haven’t had a chance to get them off of the camera until now.
And yes, I am still working on the second sock of the pair I’m making for my daughter. But – they are coming along, and I’m finding the forethought heel to be much easier this time around too. I’m still not totally sure if I like this type of heel in the end product or not, but it doesn’t scare me anymore like it did at first. And that’s a good thing.
Here are a few pictures of the second sock-in-progress:
I do like that the color sequence appears to be matching pretty closely to the first sock, and that was almost completely by accident – just where the yarn happened to end after the first sock was done. It’ll be a little off for the heel, since I can’t pick up the color progression in the same spot on the other end of the skein very easily, but I think it’ll be close enough. And besides, the heel’s on the bottom of the foot where it’s rarely seen anyway. Right?
One reason why the sock is moving so slowly right now is that I recently cast on a second project. I know – two projects at once, what am I thinking of? But I’m finding that the tedious nature of the sock sometimes means that I don’t always want to work on it, even at times when I still feel like knitting. And with the warmer weather coming (eventually), the sock isn’t a huge priority at the moment.
I decided to re-try a project that I worked on last summer and put aside – the Smock Top pattern from Claire Montgomerie’s Easy Kids Knits book. I like the look of this top and that it’s good for summer, since it’s sleeveless. I stopped working on the first one, mainly because I realized partly through that I’d misjudged the size and it would be too small, even for my youngest daughter. So this time I’m simply making the largest pattern size. I figure that it’s bound to fit somebody, or even if it ends up too big, my oldest will grow into it before too long. She’s just about into Junior sizes in general though, so I’m sure it’ll fit one of the 3 girls.
I’m using a yarn that I’d picked up last year on clearance at the LYS – it’s a wool/cotton blend. Hopefully it’ll be light enough for this top. It’s a pretty basic stockinette stitch knit, with a garter stitch border on both sides where the top will button up the back once it’s done. I like that it’s simple knitting – no pattern to pay attention to or remember, and also that it’s knit on size 7 needles (pattern calls for a 6, but I don’t have one and can’t afford a new needle right now so am using a 7). It’s a good project for home, and then I can take the sock with me when I’m out and about.