I came home from Squam Art Workshops two weeks ago, but in my heart, every day, I'm still there...
I'm working bit by bit on the Stitch Dictionary sampler . . . I think my backstitch and satin stitch are getting better. I confess I splurged on some delicate French embroidery thread from Purl Soho.
I do not regret the splurge--it's fine and lovely and a pleasure to work with.
Yesterday I frogged the Gully Socks that I began right before Squam. The pattern had numerous errors, including a chart that was entirely wrong. I notified the designer, who has issued a corrected PDF. But since I had to rip back quite a ways, and I wasn't loving the Valley Yarns Huntington yarn (splitty; too loosely plied), I stopped altogether. I'll try the pattern again some other time, with a different yarn.
I do want some new socks, though, so I cast on with yarn purchased at the Squam Art Fair:
Pattern: None--I'm improvising
Yarn: Liberty Fibers fingering weight merino/nylon, colorway Totem LE
Needles: 2.50mm for the cuff; 2.25mm for the leg
The difference in the happiness quotient between this new sock and the frogged sock is amazing. Lesson learned (once again): if it's not working, it's not working. Say good-bye and cut your losses!
Meanwhile, Briza--my new tank top design--is almost ready to release. It's with a tech editor, and I also need to do a photo shoot.
Hope to announce the pattern release soon!