Pattern: 66 stitch basic sock. Stitch pattern here along with closeup view.
Yarn: Special Blauband fingering weight, 80% wool, 20% nylon
Color: Washington Redskin Maroon, as requested by son John for his birthday socks.
Needles: Addi Turbo #1.
Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch
Son John's birthday socks are done a month early. I'll probably wait a few weeks before mailing them.
Pattern: Cosy in Cables Big Kid Sweater with the front and back seed stitch center panel replaced by a cable pattern from Lavold's Viking Patterns for Knitting.
Knitting size 40 inches for the CIC big kids challenge.
Yarn: Lamb's Pride Bulky in Brite Blue
Needles: Addi Turbo and Options 10.5
Gauge: 12 stitches/4 inches in SS
When this is washed, the purl troughs will open up making it wider and in the right proportion of length to width.
My hands need a rest from the big needles. Next weekend I'll knit the sleeves.
I've figured out enough of the Japanese Knitting Pattern Book 250 (details on book here ) to start a swatch of the stitch pattern on the cover.
This is only the first 16 rows of a 32 row lace pattern.
The swatching has no purpose other than to prove to myself I can figure out the chart. I can, so I'm not sure if I'll take time to finish it or not.
The swatch is fingering weight left-over Opal UNI-solid knit with a US #2 needle.
I'll write a post with links to helpful aids in figuring out Japanese knitting soon. There doesn't seem to be as many of them as I imagined there might be.