|How I love my self-patterning sock yarn!|
Of course, now that that UFO has changed its status, I immediately had to start on another pair - this time, for ME. This next pattern is from the book, Outside the Sox that I picked up at my local Joanns Fabric store. Drool city. Stephanie Pearl-McFee (a.k.a. The Yarn Harlot) got me started down the road of sock-complishment with her book, Knitting Rules. Now that I have the plain-sock-with-self-patterning-yarn sock thing down, I thought it was a good time to change things up a bit:
I don't have enough yarn to make the sock quite this tall, which is fine with me - I think I can get away with what I have if I just eliminate one or more rows of patterning. While I love this colorway, I wanted desperately to use some fabuloso yarn I bought last year at Big Lots; they only had one skein, and I went to three other stores hoping to score some more, with no luck. Sigh. Along comes this book, and I realize I can just buy a plain yarn and mix them together to have one delicious pair of socks. As soon as I was done with my son's, I just HAD to start on the next cast-on. It must be an illness or something.
|Mmmmm....soft, pretty, yarn. On toothpick-sized needles. (OY!)|
|Front, back, and facings|
|A close-up of the home dec fabric. I LURVE interesting patterning like this - must be why I keep buying that yarn....|
|Sturdy, plain poplin for the lining & zippered pocket. And I just happened to have the right size zipper for this - one good thing about establishing a nice stash - kind of like instant shop-at-home!|
I had thought that I could get this handbag done in time for my mini-stay-cation tomorrow (meeting friends at Disneyland for an overnight stay), but - ALAS - got a visit from the migraine fairy again so I think I need to lay low today instead. Hope it's not from project overload!