Tuesday, January 23, 2007

One sock on, one sock off

I finished my first Monkey sock on Sunday, and here it is, finally:

And a texture closeup:

(And of course I've started the second one.)

I really like working with the Claudia Hand Paint yarn, especially once I figured out that the Gems that Claudia and Koigu both work with is nominally machine washable. I hand wash all my socks anyways, but it's nice to know that I won't accidentally felt them in the sink.

As for Serrano, I've figured out that I'm more than ready to start the armhole and neck shaping. I just have to find time where I can concentrate on more than one thing at once.

Finally, the preview of the new spring Interweave Knits is out!

I want to give a speedy review based on the images.
First, IK seems to have a revised cover design. Not sure if I like it yet, because to me it looks older, but not a big deal.
Second, I want to make about 5 or 6 different things based on the tiny photos alone. I'd make Eunny Jang's entrelac socks, although probably not up to the knees. Also the Green Tea Raglan and Dollar and a Half Cardigan, and maybe even the Slanted Neck Pullover. I'm not sold entirely on the Swan Lake Cardigan, any knitted skirt, or any of Stephanie Japel's designs; nor the mini-capelet, that keyhole top or strange knitted bandeaus or halters. Maybe that's because none of the last three designs would work with my body. It's nice to see what appears to be a fairly complex Fair Isle, and while a knitted apron probably isn't my idea of the best way to make an apron, I still wanted an apron, and IK delivered! I'm also excited about Grumperina's socks and the shawlette, although I might make it in a more relaxed gauge.
Thirdly... I don't know what to make of the lingerie, but it's a fun idea. I like the socks anyhow.
Finally, I always want to see more content in IK. Maybe I shouldn't complain and work to create some content for them instead. In conclusion, I think the magazine looks like it's going to have some good sweaters in wearable shapes, some inventive ideas, and some things, as usual, that I wouldn't be caught dead in. Definitely worth my subscription price, although I don't know how I'm going to resolve my desires to make new sweaters with my stash restrictions!

Then again, I figure if I still like the design in 6 months, maybe it will actually be worth my while to make it....


reluctantMANGO said...

Thanks for the heads up! I was wondering when the spring preview would be released... I've been looking for a U-neck vest, and the Bonsai Tunic looks just the thing!!

Dove Knits said...

Cute socks! I love the colorway.

I'm pretty meh about the new IK. I love both pairs of socks, and am excited to see Grumperina publishing in IK. I love Cables Down, and would need to see Green Tea and Slanted Neck upclose to make a decision. Everything else I can take or leave -- that is to say, I'm not gonna spend money on yarn to make them.

For the record, I think Cables Down would work well with your figure.

Sarah R said...

Ooh, I like the color of those socks. Its hard to tell much about IK with the tiny pictures, but I'm looking forward to it - although for some reason I don't want to buy yarn. The thought of it just makes me go "ugh." Weird, huh?