The Waving Lace socks are finished, packed, and on their way to London for the Rowanette Seasons exchange.
I don't have any sock blocking templates but a hastily-bent coathanger did suffice. I think the pinks and mauves here are so very pretty, I do hope I've read my recipient's colour tastes correctly. They will certainly be warm!
They look rather nice on feet as well, (Is it cheeky to try on socks meant for a gift, even for modelling?)
Last year in the Rowanette Exchange, I knitted a cushion and received a cushion too . This year, I have knitted socks and also received a pair of socks. And a scarf. And biscuits. And toys. And sprinkles. THANK YOU KARIN - I LOVE THEM ALL!!
They came on Monday, when my neighbour brought round Saturday's parcels. This also included my first-day Harry Potter which I was cussing Amazon about all through Saturday, to the point where the husband went and bought me another copy. But, the parcel from Karin...
She wrote that the scarf was for spring and the socks for autumn. I love them and they look great on. The biscuits didn't last long. The little wooden animals were made by her dad - the boys love them especially the crocodile.
The socks are a feather-and-fan pattern, light and lacy (like I thought mine would be!) and here's a close-up:
It's been a week of many parcels, because I've also received Patons Fairytale Colour to knit my competition entry. One of the colours was not the one I specified, but they are sorting that, you know how I have to have the perfect shade! The yarn is good though, very like the old Rowan Designer DK but seems a little thicker. I think it will make a stable rather than drapey fabric, which is what I like for children. In fact, I'm quite excited about the swing back from blends and trends to pure merino double knitting in lots of colours from Rowan, Patons, Sublime etc. Good Ol' Proper Knitting Wool.
P.S. Barely had I uploaded this posting, when I received an email to say that the Jaeger range is being discontinued, including all the Matchmaker Merino, Baby Merino and Extra Fine lines. So much for that! Perhaps I should amend the last comment to say thank goodness that Good Ol' Proper Knitting Wool is not dying out completely despite severe attacks. Oh, I'm gutted. Jaeger! I have Jaeger yarn that's older than I am in my stash. Sorry, what's that? On sale? OK, where's the credit card...