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First off, I finished 2 pairs of socks recently.

Hopped Up On Catnip Socks

  • Pattern: Catnip Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints #9824
  • Needles: U.S. 0 (2.0mm) Addi Turbo 40″ circular (magic loop 2-at-a-time)
  • Started 5/27/10, finished 6/13/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I had been waiting a while to make these! They were part of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry; since it’s one of Wendy’s free patterns, it took more than a year for it to get enough votes to be the free pattern of the month for the KAL. (And yes, I voted for it EVERY. FREAKIN’. MONTH.) And they worked up pretty quickly, too — just a little over two weeks. Not too shabby. I chose an all-too-appropriate green yarn… and it reminds me that I miss the catnip plant I had when we lived in PA. Hopefully our former neighbors’ cat is enjoying it (or maybe their dogs have eaten it by now?!).

Everyday Gecko Socks

(Well, look at that… more green socks.) I spotted this pattern several months ago, right around the same time Carin of Round the Twist started knitting it. I was looking for something simple, but with just a little bit of texture. Some of the handknit socks in my drawer are a little too “3-D” and I needed something a bit flatter. The yarn is one of my purchases from the 2010 NH Sheep & Wool Festival. The photo on the Holiday Yarns website appears to be slightly different than the skein I got — on the website, it seems to have more contrast between a darker green and a yellow shade. Mine appears to have some more subtle shading and an overall lime-green tone — which I like better than Holiday Yarns’ photo. Since this pattern is worked cuff-down, I broke from my usual 2-at-a-time method and knitted these one at a time on double points. These were so quick to knit (less than 2 weeks! woohoo!) that there was no risk of second sock syndrome (which is something I don’t normally have a problem with anyway). I’m very happy with how they turned out.

Also recently finished is the Firefly fringed scarf… but I really need to wash and block it first before taking photos. Right now it’s just a hot mess with the whole unraveled fringe thing going on.

So, those are the socks (and mention of the scarf). What about the secrets? Well, I also recently finished test-knitting 2 hats. “And that’s all I have to say about that” (for now). Pictures and info to come later this fall. Oh, and the other secret is gift knitting for a friend… which I really need to pick back up and work on once I finish the other pair of socks I’m a little more than 75% done with.

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