Two to go

One of Bernie’s officemates invited us along last Sunday to her baby’s first birthday party. I hesitated because kiddie birthday parties include clowns and balloons and toys and party games. And kids. I didn’t have any kids to bring along. I knew I’d be a wreck if I so much as see kids playing around.

Guess what? There was a grand total of 6 kids at the party! And one of them was a wee 2-month old sweetness who was just too adorable. I didn’t have my camera with me so no picture of the pink chubbiness, sorry.

At the end of the evening, they gave each guest a token. It’s this magic 8 ball! Cute isn’t it? I’m using it as a paperweight.

On to the knitting, and my tenth pair of hand-knitted socks is done! I started the year with plans to knit one pair of socks a month. I am ahead of that objective and so pleased about it. I think if I put my mind and energy into it I can finish two pairs a month. But that probably means I may not be able to knit any other projects!

Back to the socks in question. I do love this pattern, so easy to do esp as you are slipping so many stitches that it just glides on through. I mentioned in my Ravelry project page how much I (sort of) despised this particular skein of Sundara’s yarn so I won’t go over it again. I do still love Sundara’s yarns though!
The socks are dry and packed but I still need to pick out goodies to send along to Emily. It’s just too hot in Dubai right now to think about shopping. Okay yeah, I know you go inside the malls anyway to do the shopping but it’s the in-between car and mall bit that I hate. The humidity levels get you sweating like a pig!
Short row heels and toes. I still need practice because I can’t make them as neat as I would like.
It is a great colourway. With plain vanilla socks I am sure the striping would come out really well. I think this is part of the old Seasons Collection, Autumn perhaps?

This is how much yarn I have left despite knitting for a size 9.5inches. I bet there’s close to 400 yards of this skein as opposed to the 350 shown on the label.

Project: Brambleberry Leyburns
Pattern: Leybrun Socks by Mintyfresh
Yarn: Sundara Sock Yarn in Brambleberry
Needle: 2.25mm and 2.5mm

Notes: I did 11 diamond repeats on the instep before doing the heel and then 7 on the leg before doing the cuff. Cuffs are done with the 2.25s. First time I did the provisional cast on and short row for the toe. Heels are short rows too. Cast on 30 stitches and worked up to 64 for the foot. Increased to 72 for the leg. See my Ravelry project page if you want to read about the yarn rant. Or not.
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