Two summer projects are off the needles and the hoop ...
Pattern: Almondine, by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Cascade Heritage, color #5631, charcoal
Needles: US 1 - 2.25mm dpns
Almondine is one of 18 patterns in Interweave's new Sock Knitting Master Class, edited by Ann Budd. The book definitely lives up to the "master class" part of the title. It offers a wide range of construction options and sock styles, and provides the technical information you need to modify the designs or create your own.
These were a travel project to take along on my August vacation, and they worked out just fine for that. The stitch pattern is easy to work; after you've gotten through the chart once, it becomes pretty intuitive.
This is the second pair of socks I've made with Cascade Heritage. I give it five stars on Ravelry--it's got excellent stitch definition, isn't splitty at all, and washes and wears well.
Special thanks to Snickers for supervising the photo shoot:
And here's my completed sampler from Rebecca Ringquist's Stitch Dictionary embroidery class, which I took at Squam Art Workshops in June:
The ribbon on the right has special meaning: it was wrapped around the blank journal that was tucked into my Squam tote bag. I'm still using the journal to reflect on insights and intentions that took root while I was at Squam. Just holding it takes me back to that serene place.
I was really pleased that I was able to pull the whole thing together without buying anything. All of the fabrics and trims I already had on hand, left over from potholders, bags, and other gifts.
I backed it with cotton batting and used cotton twill to make tabs for hanging. I might think about other ways to hang it, but will probably leave that problem for the next one--yesterday I started work on Rebecca's 2010 Stitch Dictionary sampler.