Socks for me! Yaaaay, now I have 3 pairs of handknitted socks again.
The right (or left in the picture) sock had been lanquishing, completed and unmated, for 3-4 years. I finished the bottom sock last night. Sock #1 was the first sock I ever made using the 2 circular needles method. I made the second one using my usual double points. My gauge has also changed a bit since the first sock, and I had to use slightly larger needles for #2. I hereby resolve to suffer no more from second sock syndrome!
I'm pleased with these. I found them slightly boring to knit after the first couple of stripe sequences, and blue/gray aren't my favorite colors. But I chose the yarn because I thought they'd go well with jeans, and they fit the bill perfectly. Also note these are "Dobby" socks - they don't match. (Regia jacquard color).
And socks for Nancy! This pair did not take 3+ years to complete, and they are not Dobby socks. I did a reasonable job of matching them; not perfect, but close. I did these in about a month, though most of the knitting was over a several day period just before Nancy arrived for a visit. I wanted to send them on to Chicago with her. These are Opal Rodeo, with most of the green cut out. I left in the shorter green bits for some interest, but what would have been wide green bands were cut out, since it just visually bothered me, and Nancy likes the raspberry and turquoise parts best anyway.
I won't be posting again for a while. I'm leaving on Sunday for a week at the John C. Campbell Folk School - an Aran Knitting workshop. Maybe I'll remember to take some interesting pictures for when I get home.