It shouldn't be a surprise, but it took me forever to knit these. They aren't hard, but I put them aside and when I started working on them again I couldn't find the second skein, so I had to buy another one.
The yarn: Shibui Sock in Roppongi
Basic socks, no pattern, twisted stitch cuffs. I have a tendency to pull out and start basic socks like these when I need something to do with my hands. It keeps me out of trouble, like eating all of the chocolate in the house!
I actually have sock blockers and as much as I sometimes feel silly using them, they are great for photographs. They make it much easier to see the patterning on a sock even though in this case it is just the pretty patterns of the pooling. I have a new pair for myself in Jitterbug in progress, but they only come out when I need a small project that doesn't involve needing to refer to a pattern. Though in that case, I have Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's book in the bag with its instructions for generic socks.
These were for my mom, and I made something for her dog. Of course, whether he'll like it now that the temperatures are dipping well below freezing I have no idea.
A year or two ago, I picked up a knitting book/kit. You know, the random books at the store that come with a yoga mat or knitting needles or stones for hot stone massages or whatever the flavor of the month is? Well, this one had straight knitting needles with little dogs on the tops. I think they were 8s, but because I rarely knit with such a big needle (that's what she said, I know) I've never used the book. This sweater is inspired by one in the book, but I used ribbing and nixed the crochet and did some decoration on the back.
Theoretically my mom is going to bribe Pito into wearing it long enough for pictures. It would be good to know if it fits well, because I've never made something like this before.
I only have one project left to reveal, but that will have to wait.