I've finished the fronts/back of the Diamond Seed Baby Jacket:
Now that it's off the needles and I can lay it out flat it looks so nice. Anyone else just love to lay it out flat and see how it looks all square and perfect? I guess it's kind of like lace but not so drastic; on the needles - all bunchy, off the needles - all perfect.
I also started a new sock, the Embossed Leaves Socks from Interweave a while back:
I'm using the tencel blend from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm I got at Stitches Midwest last year. I'm really enjoying both the pattern and the yarn. It's going very quickly. I do so love a pattern that shows obvious progress, and this one is so beautiful.
Notes: The pattern has a specified cast on to use, and I found it to be a bit tight, but I liked it otherwise. It has three rows, and to make it looser I used a size 3 for the first row, then size 2 for the next two rows before going down to 1.5s for the sock. I also added an extra purl between the motifs, adding four stitches overall. It seems to have worked well. Sometimes using a larger needle on the cast on works and sometimes it doesn't depending on the cast on; it worked very well with this one.
Speaking of Interweave and socks, has anyone seen their new sock book? I haven't, and I thought I'd get it sight-unseen, but I did see the pictures at Amazon, and of the seven, two I don't like, one I'd probably never do, and two I've already made or am making now. I've had a subscription to Interweave for what, three years now? And I bought every issue before that for a year or two? So I already have a lot of Interweave's sock patterns. I thought it'd be nice to have them all in one place, but if I've already made the ones I like in the book, I don't think I'll be buying it, even though buying new Interweave books gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.