I'm slowly but steadily working on the Baudelaire's by Cookie. I had the most surreal moment the other day. I sat down in my favorite chair with these socks, turned on TIVO and discovered a new episode of Knitty Gritty had recorded. Since this show can be a hit or miss, I wasn't too excited until I started watching the episode and realized that not only was the featured guest the designer of the socks I am knitting, but she was demonstrating the socks I am knitting. It was so surreal. This pattern was thankfully written toe-up and although I'm not using the figure 8 cast on she uses, because I prefer Judy's magic cast-on, I really like the method she uses on her short row heel. She doesn't wrap & turn, she turns and then does a wrap in the form of a yarn over. It works very well and there is no ridge on the heel with typical short rows, which is especially nice. I'm actually a bit further up the leg than what this photo shows, so by next week, they will be complete.
Time to block! I honestly didn't enjoy knitting this Matinee Coat very much, and it's probably because it has quite a bit of acrylic in the yarn. I'm also frustrated with the sister I'm knitting this for, so that could be part of it too. The pattern was easy to follow, but what's with no schematics? Figuring out the finished dimensions will definitely be interesting.
I'm not sure where I saw these originally, but I'm sure glad I did. These are stitch markers from Team Entrelac. When I worked on my shawl (that is still in time-out), I used pieces of sock yarn as stitch markers. It worked okay, but I really wanted to find some very small, lightweight stitch markers with no rough edges and no openings that the lightweight lace yarn could escape through. After looking over these markers with my critical eye, I know they are going to be ideal for my next laceweight project. In fact, I think they are going to be so perfect that I've just placed my second order for another set of 10.
By the way, you've got to take a look at the new yarns that The Loopy Ewe added to her site yesterday. I placed my first order with her and will be receiving sock yarn I've NEVER tried before - Lorna's Laces, Cider Moon and Fleece Artist. YUMMY!