Because Beauty

Sting is one of my favorite artists. Here is a video with images that match the beauty of the song. Enjoy.


Hanami (Modified)

Posting has been sparse, lately, due to day-job workload.  However, knitting continues, and I currently favor endless rhythm and repetition to relax in the evenings.

This is Hanami, by Melani Gibbons, $6.00 on Ravelry.  The full pattern is intended to be more ethereal and transitions from the basket weave you see below to an effect of cherry blossoms blowing in the wind.  I chose to stick with the basket weave pattern, and the yarn is more suited for a warm wrap.

Yarn is KnitPicks Palette line, in color Camel Heather.  This intended as a gift for someone that favors darker monotones, but it’s also something I would gladly keep for myself.  The yarn is comfortable, and the wrap will be warm without being heavy.

I want to make this a generous size, so I’ll probably use all 8 balls (231 yds/50 g).  I’ll share the final blocked size.  The yarn balls you see are the last two, so I’ll probably complete this project before the end of tax season (which is how I measure goals in the spring).

Hanami 1Hanami 2

Note about using a tablet for the pattern – this particular pattern is printed “small” on the document – I would be frustrated if I had printed it to paper.  By using a tablet, I can zoom into the pattern, which makes it much easier to follow.

More Socks

Socks are easy, mostly mindless, and quick to accomplish.  There’s something to be said for feeding my desire for instant (well, relatively speaking) gratification.  That said, they are also very good for trying out new techniques.  I have a LOT of sock yarn – each selection just enough for 2 socks, and not really enough for a more substantial project.

Yet, I don’t really care for the finished project – mostly because the only time I wear socks is in the deepest of winter.

I suppose it’s a good thing that’s where things are, right now at 17° (F) on a mid-January morning.

First Below:

Pattern = Crystals, Combs and Cable Socks (Free Ravelry download) – This is a pattern I’ve made a few times, and enjoy.  Fairly quick, interesting, and I like the heel treatment – short row heel that gains texture by use of garter stitch. I don’t add beads, mostly because I’m not a “bead person,” and I don’t think it adds to the pattern.

Yarn – Noro purchased in Toronto, but a commonly available in most boutique yarn stores (that is, not found at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s).  Not sure of the color – I lost the yarn band.

Second Below:

Yarn = Patons Kroy Socks FX in color Cameo Colors.  I’m wondering if the previous “sock fail” was also a Paton Kroy sock color – the look and feel was the same (the twisted tweed colors).  While I didn’t get sock pooling with this  project, I certainly did not get matching stripes.  They almost look like two entirely different socks!

Pattern = Nutkin (Free Ravelry download) – also a pattern I’ve done a few times before (including the aforementioned sock fail).

I’m sure I’ve used Patons Kroy Sock (generally available at JoAnn’s and Michael’s) yarn a number of times, previously.  Not sure why I’m getting unsatisfactory results with the current projects.  I have one more “set” of this style yarn in my yarn stash – I wonder how it will work up?