New Sweaters and More Socks

On Friday, the yarn for my Driftwood Sweater arrived!  Of course I had to go straight home and wind it all into balls so I could start on my new sweater.  And that's what I spent the rest of the evening doing...winding yarn and starting my sweater.  It's quite easy and addicting to work on!  Clearly...look how far I am. TkVMdvSb7AyYL4Xc.jpg

Just a little more of the body, and then the sleeves and button band and I'm done!  One of the people at work walked by saying, "You'll be done with that by Christmas!" To which I replied, "No, I'll be done with it by next week!"  I'll give you all the details about the yarn, etc. when I'm all finished.

On Sunday I was able to teach another sock knitting lesson!  This time it was with Amanda, one of my Fibers classmates from ASU.  We parked ourselves in a Starbucks after picking up some yarn and needles for her, and spent about two hours working on her first sock.  And it was a success!

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She updated me on Monday that she had even gone ahead and done a second one!

Also on Monday, part of my knitting machine arrived!  I'll tell you more about that another day.  For now, I'm just super excited to learn how to use it.

Sock Knitting Lessons

I mentioned previously that I was teaching my friend and classmate Chelsea how to knit socks.  On Monday night we finished her first sample sock! Before...

After!

We used Kate Atherley's Top-Down Training Sock pattern. Kate's Knitty.com article, Socks 101, is also really good if you're looking for a simple equation to start knitting your own socks.

In other project progress, I finished my Homage Shawl yesterday afternoon and started on my Traveling Woman Shawl. I'm looking forward to this weekend when I can go through my new stash additions from the San Diego Yarn Crawl to pair up with patterns and to show you!