This is the last of the posts summarizing the projects I've finished over my months-long hiatus. Starting next time, there'll be all-new content! And lots of it, too - I'm suffering a serious bout of startitis and the number of projects on my needles has exploded exponentially.
Now, don't let the title of this post fool you into thinking I've finished any socks over the past nine months. Because I haven't. Not a single solitary sock. Oh, I tried to finish some socks. I've even knit quite a lot on socks! But, you know, I think I might just be suffering from a curse in this department. I finished almost an entire sock for Pickle, only to find that it was so small that he couldn't even put his foot into it. This is the fourth time I've tried to knit him the pair of socks that I promised him for his birthday nearly two years ago, and it may well be two more years before he finally gets them.
Meanwhile, I made an astonishing discovery.
Knitted scalemail gauntlets! How cool is that? After I heard that such a thing was possible, I found out where to buy scales in bulk, sat down with my needles and some trusty Cascade 220 Superwash, and made a few swatches to figure out sizing.
You can see that the scales have holes at one tip that allow them to be seated onto loops of yarn in exactly the same way that you would bead a stitch.
Scales, even lightweight aluminum scales, do odd things to knitted fabric, making it stretch and pull in odd ways, so I kept half of the gauntlet scale-free and added ribbing for extra stretch.
I'll be knitting at least two more pairs of these, as commissions, and I'm wondering whether I should write up a tutorial or a pattern walking through the exact steps. It would be an awful lot of work... but it's also too exciting to keep to myself!
Finally, in honor of my return to blogging - and in an attempt to break my sock curse - I'm holding a giveaway!
I'm giving away this skein of Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock Yarn in Fields of Heather, a set of size 1 Kollage yarns Square DPNs, and a DPN/sock project holder.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with what project you'd make with it (doesn't have to be socks!) and a way to contact you (either email or Ravelry username) before May 15th! On May 15th I'll do a random drawing to determine the winner. Open to everyone worldwide.
(Please note that this yarn is beautiful and lovely and squishy and dyed locally to me and I don't want to let it go... but also that it's just 370 yards per skein. You may want to keep this in mind for project planning.)