As I've told you before, I started a new pair of socks on New Year's Day. It is a sock kit I got from Inspirations Yarn together with the Mystery Kit #4 called Cherry Blossom Socks. Though I'd like to use tubular cast on for the cuff, I couldn't figure out how to make k2p2 from that ... and somehow I really wanted to have k2p2 cuffs this time, therefore, I learned to do German Twist cast on. I used one needle for the cast on first, and discovered that it would be too tight, so I used 2. I love it! Using two needles and cast on loosely, you'll get a very neat but stretchy cuff ... beautiful. However, I went very slowly with this sock because I still couldn't figure out the logic behind the pattern. Usually if I am able to do that, I can go faster becasue I don't always have to refer to the pattern. If you go to Inspirations Yarn's page, you can see the pattern quite clearly. However, I think mine is not so clear:
I think maybe it would be better with blocking ... but honestly, except for the pair I knitted for my father, I never bother to block my socks. I just wear them and then wash ... that's it. The above picture shows the pattern better, but if you click on it, you can see the real colour of the yarn ... isn't it lovely?
Actually, I finished my first project this year yesterday. Yes, it's Ella. Since it still needs a bath and some blocking, you won't see it until after a few days, I think. Though we have a little break of sunshine today, the forecast is seeing more rain and showers coming ... so drying the shawl may take long.
For the Christmas just passed, I wanted to make something special for a knitter friend. While browsing the web for ideas, I came across this. After much fumbling with the toothpicks, beads, scrap yarns, pin and glue, I managed to make a knitter's brooch:
It was not very well made, but I think it is pretty cute ... and I am happy to say that the friend likes it. Wanna see a close up? ::Click::