Monday, July 07, 2008

Summer Of Socks 2008 Kickoff and Off The Needle Projects

FINALLY I have started socks for Summer of Socks 2008!! Better late than never I say!!

Despite owning several sets of needles for knitting socks, they were all tied up with socks on them...all in various stages of knitting...which of course didn't qualify for this KAL.

I had to finish THESE socks.......Jaywalker (or as my best bud calls them, Blue Jay socks)! LOL!!

These are knit with Opal sock yarn that I won a couple of years ago.

FINALLY.......I started my Summer of Socks.....using the Furrows Sock pattern by Monica Knits, purchased from the Loopy Ewe!!

Yarn: Summer Romance from Sophie's Toes.....the BEST sock yarn!!!

Last But Not Least........(drumroll please)........inhale deeply.....I bring YOU........

My first completed "garment"......not blocked, not even sure it will fit.....riddled with so many mistakes that it is COMPLETELY not wearable in public.....and not confident that it won't self destruct when I attempt to try it on.

I think I am just going to leave it in my closet....and let the joy marinate for a bit before I try it on.

I DO have a pattern I received Thursday from a SWEETIE who graciously shared a pattern that is going to be a PERFECT beginner vest pattern, a wrap style, one that I am confident will be wearable once completed!! LOL!!

The pattern for this vest was not written with a beginner in mind....although it was considered a "simple" vest pattern I struggled with several of the directions. (And a HUGE thank you to my two knitting goddess friends for your help)!!

Despite all the mistakes and PATHETIC finishing technique I am determined to make another one....which hopefully after I complete the wrap style vest (which is better suited as a first project)......I will cast on for this vest again.

I have ordered a couple of books from Amazon on finishing techniques. I have more to learn no doubt and I am VERY excited about this wrap style vest!! I think I have some Noro yarn that will work.....will work out the yarn tonight and hopefully get cast on!!


Sara said...

You did a wonderful job on the socks. I think the sweater is great.

sprite said...

Congratulations on some fine looking garments there!

elizabeth said...

Look at you!!! :o) I think the vest looks great and it's perfect for our climate! Can't wait to see it in person!

monica said...

Your Jaywalkers look very pretty in that Opal, that is one of my favorite colorways in that line of yarn.

I have not knit with the Sopie's toes but have heard good things about it so I am sure it will find its way into my stash sometime soon.

I think your vest looks very nice and you should try it on and wear it proudly.

Suzanne B said...

I think the Vest looks great! I don't know what you are talking about.

I love the Jaywalkers too!

Don't miss me too much this week. I'm gonna try to stay out of trouble, but I'm making no promises.

Doogle Knits said...

Darlene, you are an awesome knitter full of skill and expertise. You just need more confidence. :-) I think you're swell.

ginger said...

I love how it turned out! I can't even imagine *starting* something like that, and it looks perfect! You did wonderful!!!

Anonymous said...

You deserve an A for effort for the vest. I know my first vest was less than perftect. It looks good from here. Love the socks

sydney said...

The vest looks great from here! Besides, no one should be examining it up close anyway.

Cute Jaywalkers!

Bibby said...

The vest turned out GREAT, but you sell yourself short. You ARE the bomb!!!

Bubblesknits said...

Good grief woman! There's nothing wrong with how that vest turned out! It looks great! Remind me to smack you the next time I see you. ;-) In a loving way, of course.

BTW, the Blue Jays look good, too.