For the moment, the only project I have on the needles is a pair of DK weight socks for Alex. He really loves his Opal Frog socks, but he pretty much just wears them around the house. That's fine, but I'm not suffering through size 0 needles with 84 stitches again if he's not even going to put on shoes over his socks. Especially at the rate that kid's feet are growing. He's 12 and wearing a men's size 10. This time I'm using Knit Picks Swish Superwash DK and only 56 stitches and it feels like they are practically knitting themselves at that gauge.
Why only one project on the needles, though? Because I finished not one, but two projects yesterday.
First, just in time for our 70 degree weather, the Anatolian mittens.
Details. I has them.
Pattern: Anatolian Mittens from Folk Mittens
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Wool. Colors aren't quite right in this photo, they are really more teal blue and camel brown.
Needles: Size 3
I'd had the second mitten nearly done for a while, but I couldn't work up the patience to deal with the top decreases, the thumb, and the grafting. This weekend, I finished off that second mitten and went back and fixed the too-pointy top of the first mitten. A few things I learned on these, my first pair of mittens. #1 - These would have been very simple to knit top down. I'll try that next time. #2 - My gauge is tighter than it needs to be and the mittens just barely fit my hand. Size 4 needles would have been best. #3 - If I think the colorwork chart is wrong, it probably is. Just because I couldn't find any published errata doesn't mean I'm crazy. Now that I've made mittens, I'm going to try gloves.
Second, the October Socks.
Details. For what it's worth.
Pattern: Slip Stitch Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Bambewe from Zen String, colorway October. They are much browner than they appear in the photo. Like a package of ground beef that should have been cooked two days ago.
Needles: Size 1, 2.25mm
Method: Toe-up, heel flap, Magic Loop, one at a dang time.
These socks and I need a little time away from each other. It's nobody's fault, I'm just so tired of looking at them. I cast the first one on in September and they were to be my traveling project, the project I stick in my purse and work on here and there. The pattern is not interesting enough to keep my attention, but not mindless enough to just zone out on. These socks are exactly the reason why I like to knit two-at-a-time socks. They are at least an inch shorter than I prefer and I thought it would be interesting to use the stitch pattern on the heel flap, but I don't really like it. They are soft and cozy, though. Maybe after a trial separation we can work things out.