Cotton SocksKIP Update
My knitting mojo seems to have returned! I realized that the Rhiannons were just sapping my will to knit, so I officially moved them into the “to be frogged” pile. I feel so rejuvenated. I’ve got two new projects on the needles, both for the Snook. The first are these socks using Cascade Fixation. The pattern is Ann Budd’s “Flame Wave Socks” from Interweave’s Favorite Socks, which I’ve modified to use a contrasting colour on the heel and toe. (I’m actually thinking of picking up and adding some ribbing to the top in the red as well.) I couldn’t find my long 4mm circular at the time, so I actually was FORCED to knit one sock at a time! Ugh. I hate Second Sock Sydrome. (That’s why I’ve only got one done.)

Blockhead (in progress)Next is a very special commission and co-design for the Snook. We’re calling it “Blockhead”… for the obvious reason. I was interested to try knitting with a cotton/wool blend (especially since they’re more suited to Sydney’s climate), so I organized a group order on Ravelry to import some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. It was a very special morning last week when this arrived! I am LOVING this yarn. It’s 80% cotton and 20% merino, and it comes in a zillion colours. It knits up as an 8-ply, but it’s not nearly as splitty or heavy as a normal 100% cotton. I’m using the same pattern I used for the long-sleeved orange polo. Snookums graphed the zig-zag himself, and I’ve knitted it in using intarsia. I’ve actually been knitting both the front and the back flat at the same time (that’s the other piece bunched up on the right). Once I get to the armpits I’ll join up the sleeves and do the raglan shoulders in the round. I can’t wait to see him actually wear it!