In the mean time ... Both pairs successfully completed. The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn. The patterns are from "Überlieferte Strickmuster Aus Dem Steirischen Ennstal" by Maria Erlbacher ( aka Bavarian Twist ).
Now, a few words for the so called yarn ... High quality and great to knit with. But on the other hand quite expensive to buy two skeins for a pair of socks when there are more color alternatives to invest. My critic is why they would not produce a reasonable skein weight so you need not buy a second one which will leave a significant amount of waste yarn behind. Because these yarns are variegated, there are not much alternatives to combine in harmonious colors in an other project. The skeins are less than 60 grams which is not enough for a short cuff/leg pair of socks. I would not have minded paying a couple more dollars rather than having have to end up knitting one of the pairs' toe from another brand yarn. You'll see the picture below. Not fun!
And for the first time - after all the knitting years - managed to break a bamboo DPN ... Luckily, one end was longer enough to handle the divided stitches. Shaped it up with a nail file :)
Wow ... What a challenge! The original pattern is five repeats with fingering weight yarn. I reduced it to three cause I am using a thicker ~ acrylic ~ yarn. Plus, this is a test knit. I used whatever was left from Yack Blanket. It not as complicated as it appears but needs a lot of attention and concentration. Very pleased with the way it turned out. I want to call this color palette Peacock in an Autumn Garden.
Having dissolved most of the hibernating projects, managed to pile up more. Just can't stick to one project for long, while my mind is full of new adventures. Very flighty of me!
I'd call myself an intermediate knitter. However, recently I have dived into modifying patterns or coming up with ideas. These ideas are from what has already been discovered, tried and true but that I use them in a different way.
One of them is a toe-up sock with Turkish cast on. I shall talk about the detail later when I proceed with what I got inspired to form the heel. There will not be a second pair. Just this one. The demo sock :)
The other recent goody is a wrist warmer. Again I used an existing pattern but modified it significantly. Luckily, I have a nice friend who appreciates my little adventures which gears me up to finish rather than drop them aside until next century or so.
These are some attempts for the edging. I ended up modifying and using a ruffle but these antique knitting designs were enjoyable to play around. They were quite big though I used lace-weight yarn. Thus dropped.
This is the coquette I talk about. The cat too is coquette :)
And ta-ta-taaa ... Off to knitting the other pair!