I suddenly realised this weekend that we’d past the middle of January, and my Smaug socks were languishing on the WIP pile and only a quarter done!
Some concentrated knitting time later… nearly there!
After I finished the first sock yesterday, I tried it on, and I have to say I am extremely excited about finishing them! They are very, very cool socks!
I don’t know what it is about this project. I think it’s a combination of shiny tip needles and the colour red, but I cannot spend too long knitting them without my eyes going funny. To break things up, I’m also alternately knitting this:
It’s the Amalfi Poncho, an unashamed nod to my ’70s childhood. Covered in cat hair already, as one small animal insists on sitting on my lap when I’m knitting. I’m knitting the large size as I want it to cover me properly. The yarn is Corriedale from The Wool Company, and it’s in a colourway called Autumn. I got this colour a while ago and it doesn’t appear to currently be in stock. I suspect any of the multi-dyes will come out similarly sequenced though.
I am doing it all in one variegated colour, as opposed to alternately striping it with another colour. I’m looking forward to snuggling under this come winter.
More sock pattern drooling on Ravelry has been happening at this end… there are so many pretty sock patterns out there, it’s hard to know which one to knit next!! I also discovered an extremely cool feature of the Ravelry queue system, which I thought I’d share with you. Many of you will probably already know this… but here goes.
If you tag your queued pattern (eg “socks”), and then create a new set in your queue (click “organise” to do this – I’ve called my new set “socks”), then type in the tab that you’d like to appear in that set, all the queued patterns that you have tagged with the specified tag (eg. “socks”) will magically appear there! (I have always wondered what the purpose of a tag was…) Ravelry does have a Wiki topic on this feature here, which I have of course, never read… but looking at it now I see it explains it all nicely. Have a look at the link in case you’re not sure what I’m going on about.
As a result of my latest discovery, I now have a yummy “sock” set in my Ravelry queue that allows me to keep tabs on all the socks I would like to knit, and I don’t have to scroll through my entire queue to find a pattern I want to select! Hoorah!
This is a most useful concept which I might have to start applying to my projects as well…
Hope you are having a lovely weekend.