Enter the sweater.
I've made 2 others at this point (pics and their sad story to come) but neither have made me nearly as happy as this one. Look at the pockets! Bright and sassy against a potentially boring blue. Up close the blue has a nice depth to it with hints of purple. The fit is fantastic. I do plan on reblocking the arms a bit but only because I would like a different drape in that area. It's heavy enough to keep me warm in the cooler weather of winter and fall but will be perfect for summer nights camping. Win-win in my book.
Doesn't make sense to cover my top half and leave my bottom half freezing. Enter some pretty basic socks. These were a trial despite being my own pattern. The first sock was done in rapid fire style. The second one languished. Which isn't a terrible thing but I had tried on the first one so much AND forgotten to write down various changes I made while knitting that the second one doesn't have the same fit in the cuff. It'll block out but this initial wear was irritating. I like my socks to fit a very specific way and small differences are noticeable to me. These bad boys are beyond perfect otherwise. As our weather warms up and the snow melts, my driveway becomes a swamp of slushiness. Within hours of finishing these my help was required in getting a car unstuck. Up to my knees in slushy soup, my pants and boots were soaked. When I finally came in I noticed that my feet and legs were not cold even with this being the case. Took my shoes off and the socks were easily double their weight from the amount of water they soaked up. I'd say they did their job.
Yarn: Knit Picks
Body: Wool of the Andes Superwash- Solstice Heather
Pocket: Stroll Brights- Pucker
Pattern: My own. Possibly coming soon!
Yarn: MadTosh: Vanilla Bean
Needles: 1, 3, and 5 (for bind off only).
Broken Seed Stitch socks- possibly frogging these
Rainstorm Shawl- handspun (not my own)