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I know many of you are waiting to see the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, but you’ll have to be patient for a few more days. First I want to share with you my latest pair of socks.

Illusions Socks

Pattern: Illusions by Laura Patterson

Pattern Source: Fiber Dreams (Ravelry)

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Java

Needles: Knit Picks Circular in size 2.25 mm / 1 US

Modifications: 3 additional pattern repeats on the leg

Ilusions Socks closeup

These are probably the quickest pair of socks I’ve ever knit. I was motivated to get them done quickly because this was a test-knit for my girlfriend Laura, but also because my mother said her feet were freezing and she wanted another pair of socks. She’s just recently discovered the pleasure and warmth factor of wearing handknit socks, but when she commented that if I knit them she’d pay for the yarn, I couldn’t help but chuckle. Pay for the yarn? I think if she knew the yarn was somewhere around $20, she’d have a heart attack. I bet all the socks that she currently owns don’t add up to $20.

Illusions Socks

I knit these socks at the same time on two circular needles, and the only trick for me was remembering that the socks are mirror images of each other. I did mess that up a time or two, but that’s because I was paying too much attention to the movie I was watching at the time. I can’t imagine how much worse the mess would’ve been if I’d been watching a subtitled movie.

Illusions Sock foot close-up 2

The pattern has been released and is available at the Fiber Dreams pattern site, and don’t forget to put this in your Ravelry queue. I think the best part of the pattern is that it’s so versatile. Although I knit these for mom, my husband (who is Mr. Picky) loves these socks and has decided to find himself some yarn when we go to Stitches West next week so that I can knit this pattern for him.  No problem.  I’d knit this pattern again in a heartbeat.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the “sweeties” that frequent my blog. Without you, I probably wouldn’t continue to do this.

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A few of you have been wondering where I’ve been for the last week. Well, I haven’t sat at the computer for DAYS and I’m trying to get caught up on reading all of your blogs. I’ve missed you all and am curious to see what you’ve been up to, so bear with me, I’ll get to your blog very soon.

In spite of not posting or reading blogs in about a week, I HAVE been knitting. The Zephyr socks are coming along … because they have to. I’m anxious to finish these by Saturday in time for Project Spectrum. The colors for February and March are Blue, White and Gray and since this Regia Bamboo sock yarn has all these colors in them, I’ll be mad knitting on these for a few hours to finish them. I can’t wait to try that jogless bindoff!

I’ve been working on the Shoulder Shawl in the Cherry Leaf Pattern from Victorian Lace Today, but when I stretched it all out … well, I’ll let the photos tell the story.

I like these gradual colorway changes in the yarn on these two sections, but….

what is with the “stripe”?
What happened to gradual color changes?

Everything has a gradual color change expect that one spot! BLECH!

I’m not thrilled with the “stripe” going through this so I’ve tossed it in a bag like it’s in “time out” or something. I just can’t look at it. When I bought the yarn I thought it would be perfect for a shawl, but sometimes you just never know until you knit with it. So, dear reader, what would YOU do?

Option 1: Finish it and hope that it looks better once blocked?
Option 2: Frog it and hope to find a project suited better for the yarn at a later date?

On a positive note, yesterday these little beauties arrived!

from left to right: cream, green mountain madness, java, and bark

Go and check out the 20% off sale on Cherry Tree Hill supersock merino yarn at Chez Casuelle. Shipping and handling is free on orders over $25, so how can you not?

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