. . . on my knitting list. But I think I won't be able to finish all the December items before it's time to start Spring Knitting! Although now that I live in Chicago, I have about an extra month of winter knitting. In St. Louis, I always used to start Spring Knitting on Feb. 1 - here it's more like March 1. And now that sewing is back in the mix, who knows how things will go this year?
Anyway, I began 2012 with another little piece for my favorite boy - some socks for Hubby:
Hubby loves handknit socks in the winter, but ONLY if they're made from yarn that has lycra in it. This is some Paton's Stretch Socks I picked up at Michael's on sale in the fall. These are going to replace the other grey socks I made him years ago that don't have stretch.
I quickly realized that I wasn't going to be able to be monogamous to one knitting project, even socks (which only take me about 8 hours in total), so I also started my Still Light dress. But I'm calling mine Northern Lights, because of the colors:
This is DROPS Alpaca in a color called Dark Petrol Mix - the perfect name for it. It's a dark blue-teal, with bits of turquoise and magenta. The above picture was taken in bright sunlight, up close. Most of the time it looks like this:
I chose this color because I think it will look great with the cognac colored boots I bought a couple years ago and hardly ever wear (can you say Seamless?). But unfortunately, it's one of those colors that requires a fair amount of light to knit, which has limited my work time on this piece. Still, I've managed to get it to the point of removing the sleeve stitches - I was up to 368 stitches on the needle at that point!
Before I started, I did a fair amount of research on Ravelry about sizing. I fall between the XS and S size, so I decided to do as others have done and increase to a number halfway between the two. Not quite sure what I'll do when I get to the hip area, where I could really use the extra room of the size small. I haven't read ahead in the pattern yet! Fingers crossed!