Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Monsterpiece Doily, Round 6: Complete!

Sorry for the delay in posting. I didn't mean to go quite this long without a post. I finished the socks I was knitting and felt the desire, probably more of a need to get back to the Monsterpiece Doily. I wanted to finish the round before I posted again. I didn't want another knitting only post. I realized after I started working on the doily again, that while round 6 was easy, it was very boring. I think that's why something else caught my eye, and fingers.

I'm happy I finished this round, finally. Here is the doily as of early this afternoon:

I haven't blocked it yet, though I think it could actually use it. Or at least a quick shot of steam. I might do one or the other later in the week. I started the next round already, as I wrote out the round last night after I finished tatting round 6. For anyone curious, the blocking tile the doily is on is 12 inches (30 cm) wide so the doily is about 11 inched (27ish cm) in diameter. Not much else to say right now. Thread stats: Manuela no. 20 colour #a055.

Finally, here is the latest pair of socks off my needles.

I think these are probably my best pair of socks yet. The colour is pretty close compared to the previous photo. However, the size is a bit off. I guess my original thoughts were wrong about the size for these. I probably should have cast on a couple extra stitches per side to make the circumference a little bigger. I want to thank those of you who commented on my last post and left sock knitting advice. It is very helpful, and I'm sure I'll get better as I go. I didn't specify last time, but it's not the length that's the problem. All of the socks I have made (for me) are knitted to the correct length for my foot. The pattern I'm using has us knit the toe first, then you knit until the sock is 1.25 inches less than your foot measurement then you work the heel. The heel is knit exactly like the toe. On this pair, the top of the cuff is a little tight and a bit hard to get over my heel. I'll keep knitting socks though. Practice makes perfect! All the socks I have knit are still wearable, so it's all good. The yarn is Patons DK Wool in Welsh Coast

That's about it for now. I do plan to continue working on the Monsterpiece Doily since it's interesting for me again. I do plan on getting back to knitting socks as well. My next pair is going to use actual sock yarn! Till next time.