In the midst of a busy and stressful week, I received a wonderful package from Stephanie to brighten my day. Some chocolates (all gone in a day thanks to the boys), and a pair of handknit socks!
Thank you for the lovely socks, Stephanie. Don't they fit perfectly? ;-)
The color is really cheerful in person (I was totally smiling when I saw the color) and reminds me of tropical lagoons. I love the cuff detail, and how the toes are shaped. I can't wait til it gets cooler around here so I can wear these yummy socks!
As for knitting on my end, the sock mojo has gone, and replaced with panic as I've got presents to finish. The baby boy gift for colleague #2, as well as the Christmas gifts, had not been started. I had cut down the number of handknit Christmas gifts this year, but I'm still at zero! At one time, I'd wanted to try a baby quilt, but it's too late to start that now without worrying about thoroughly screwing it up (because I've never quilted), so I decided to knit a blanket instead.
I'm not following a pattern, but the idea is from the blanket in Rowan's Little Treasures book, showcasing Rowan's Soft Baby yarn, which is pretty fluffy and soft (I have some) but it's not machine washable, and I'm super reluctant to give new parents things that require handwashing. I'm using my stash of discontinued Debbie Bliss Wool/cotton, which is baby friendly, and not overly warm. I've added little squares within the bigger squares, and the plan is to thread some white yarn through the purl stitches of the double row of seed stitches instead of swiss darning the vertical white lines. I really hope to finish this weekend, so I can start on the little gifts, which should be fun (and with luck, fast) to do.