I had every intention of taking pictures of our semi-annual UMAC tie-dying session on Tuesday and then blogging about it. I even brought my camera. But people came waaaaaaay early, which made us not ready for them, and instead of being a planned, orderly meeting, it was more fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants meeting. It did go well, but no pictures. Instead have a couple pairs of recently-finished socks:
Pattern: The Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula, by Amy Swenson
(using Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato Heel)
Yarn: Conjoined Creations Flat Feet, color #63
Pattern: Kai-Mei, by Cookie A
Yarn: The Yarn Yard Toddy, in Vibrant
The green ones are leftovers from the tail end of my summer internship; the reason they took so long is the heel. I really don't like it. It's not hard to execute by any means, but the fit's wonky, and it took me three times to get the proper placement for it on the foot (first the sock ended up far too long, then too short, then OK, rather than just right - at that point I just went with it because I was tired of knitting the thing). Let's just say that after I finished the first sock, I kind of ignored the second one for a while, hoping it would go away. It didn't, so I knit it, and it'll probably be one of the lesser-worn pairs in my drawer.
Kai-Mei was lovely, and intriguing. While the loose gauge I had to knit at to get these things to fit makes me nervous, they knit up exceptionally quickly (interesting stitch patterns make you knit into the wee hours of the night wanting to see how they turn out) and came out beautiful. They're probably going to be house socks, or emergency footies, because of the looser gauge, but that works just fine for me.