I love knitting *secret* gifts for friends who read my blog but it doesn't make for great blog fodder! I hoped to have finished the secret beaded knitting but alas the knitting gods were not smiling....
I found a crucial mistake I made and had to tink back 4 rows of 200 stitches each including removing the beads! I accidently split one stitch into two and it threw off the whole stitch count for all the subsequent rows....which of course didn't become apparent until 800 stitches later! And then to make matters even more interesting, the tinked yarn got completely tangled and said knot took me about an hour to return it to something usable. YIKES! What a fubar situation!
Note to self: Seduction merino/tencel is splitty and slinky...PAY ATTENTION!! :)
So needless to say, the secret beaded thingy is still on the needles but I hope to finish it in the next few days....which means a new project is very close on the horizon....YAY!
I can't show project #1 so here's project #2:
This is color #68 in a simple 2 x 2 rib because the yarn is so pretty, I wanted to keep the pattern simple. Besides, FK Dad is pretty conservative so these socks may be a bit outside the box for him. I've used Trekking before and I like this yarn very much but this my first time with this marled, tweedy sort of colorway and I just LOVE it! The yarn is composed of four different colored strands plyed together but the really cool thing is the strands change color every 6 - 12 inches so the colors are always changing and morphing into each other and no two rows are alike! I find myself knitting just one more row to see what comes next! Very unique and fun yarn, I'm sure my Dad will love it. (click pic for a closer view)
Addendum: I've gotten lots of queries about a good on line resource for Trekking as it seems it's realtively hard to find. My favorite vendor for everything, especially sock yarns like Bearfoot, Lorna's Laces and THE BEST selection of Trekking (including the elusive #100!) is Judy at www.theknitter.com - great selection, really fast service and NO SHIPPING :) Go have a visit, you wont be sorry!
To make up for the skimpy knitting content, I bring you some beautiful Florida sky. Our landscape is mostly brown and we don't have any majestic mountains but we do have really amazing skies!
Here's my favorite assistant checking out the view from his favorite perch on my front windowsill too!
Be back soon with a new WIP (I hope)! Have a great week everyone!