Welcome back to WIPW, where we're seeing RED this week, pretty much everywhere. There are RED socks, which are poking along at a painfully slow (but still sort of respectable) pace:
I'm excited to have them to wear, but have been distracted by way too many other things lately. Like knitting a swatch for a RED Angostura, for example:
Doesn't it look cool (if slightly blurry - sorry)? I'm loving this pattern. And, per Ysolda's perfectly reasonable instructions, I washed and blocked my little swatch when it was done. This is my first time using Cascade 220 Superwash, and I was super excited about how soft it got. It's lovely.
Anyway, the fabric seemed a little loose and the gauge wasn't quite there on the prescribed size 7 circs, so I'm starting over on 6s to see if that helps. No cables this time since they make it harder to count stitches. Plus which, I feel like I've got a pretty good feel for them now. Meet Swatch the Second, also RED:
It's killing me to keep from just diving in and casting on, but after the Vest Fiasco, I'm determined to get this right. So I'll keep swatching and measuring and counting until I'm super duper sure it's going to fit.
Finally, I've got a confession... I've been semi-secretly drooling over the Beekeeper's Quilt that's been popping up everywhere lately. Honestly, I'm kind of dying to make one. And I'm wondering if there are any other lemmings out there who'd consider jumping in. Maybe we could swap bits of sock yarn? Let me know if you're interested. If enough folks are on board, I'll see what I can put together for next week.
That's pretty much all that's going on around these parts at the moment. Hopefully, I'll have more exciting things to share next time. Speaking of which, in case you missed it, I finally finished the Vest From Hell last week, had a tiny little rant (miniscule, really), and then torched the pattern -- complete with pictures. Here.
Now, go check out all the other amazing WIPsters. They're lovely *and* talented. What more could you ask for?