Thursday, May 24, 2018

It's All About Curious Handmade


I have managed to finish Magnolia, the second pattern in the Secret Sock Society, and I'm very happy with them. This pattern was a lot harder -- for me, at least -- than the first pattern in this year-long KAL from Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. There are a lot of cables, and I cannot cable without a needle on fingering-weight yarn.
I think the yarn is a bit too busy for the pattern. Still, they are very pretty. This is the second pair I've knit from Great Lakes Tweed yarn, and they slide on like butter. This is truly a luxurious yarn!
The next pattern should come out in early June, and I'm looking forward to the next challenge. 

In the meantime, I'm working on another Helen Stewart pattern, the Spindrift Shawl. It's hard to believe that such a simple pattern can yield a stunning shawl.
Ok, so this picture doesn't do it justice. But I'm on the bottom lace now, and it is very pretty. I started this a year ago and somehow it got buried in the knitting basket. 

Thank you for all the comments about Magic Loop. I am relieved to find out that I am not the only one who struggles with this technique. A number of you suggested starting on DPNs and then shifting the stitches to the long circular. I am definitely going to try that!

12 comments:

  1. Love all those cables on the socks. It makes my head hurt just thinking about them but they are so pretty.

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  2. Your socks are indeed lovely; I see hearts in the cables. And Spindrift! I love the yarn you chose and it looks like you'll very soon have another great FO!

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  3. Gorgeous socks and such pretty cables.

    You're tempting me to download the shawl pattern. I have yarn that would be perfect for it.

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  4. Now this is one beautiful pair of socks! I have to use a cable needle also-when finished, no one knows what technique you used! Nice to pull the shawl out of the bin and work on it!

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  5. Spindrift is pretty! I have a skein or two of speckled yarn that I think I will use for this one!

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  6. Thanks for the Spindrift introduction. It seems to be exactly what I've been looking for and I've added it to my queue. Your socks are lovely!

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  7. love the socks....and spindrift! wow. how have i missed seeing this one before now? lovely!

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  8. I love your beautiful socks and shawl. I could not figure out the magic loop method when I did knit socks a few years ago. I just felt so much better with double pointed needles. Good luck and happy weekend.

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  9. I love the socks and the yarn! But, I really love that speckled yarn in the shawl! Gorgeous!

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  10. Your socks are gorgeous, I love them in that yarn. I missed out that one, but I'm chopping to join back in next month.

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  11. Wow, you are already for the next sock, right? Looks like a pretty shawl, too. Nice work on all those cables. Love that color!

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  12. Beautiful socks and I love her shawl designs and join her shawl societies all the time, it takes me a while to knit from them though

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