Another spoiler alert: photo of the completed second Mystery Sock Clue (ravelry link) is at the bottom of this post.
My sock bags arrived this morning from stuckinillinois. They are pretty roomy. I have put two balls of sock yarn and two half-made socks on needles and the folded A4 pattern in one of them and it all goes in quite comfortably. These are the 4 I bought.
Just before I went on holiday a month ago, I bought Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard. I really like Wendy’s blog and had been reading the build up to the release of this book, so when it came out I thought I’d check it out.
Most of the patterns are for top-down garments (yay no seaming!) and each one has a section where you can customise it in ways to suit yourself. There is also a large section on designing a garment from scratch and how to take accurate measurements etc. One little treasure I did find in it was how to do a long-tail provisional cast on which I haven’t tried yet but need to know how to do for my next project, so that was a bonus.
The waistcoat is almost done, but probably won’t be finished for knit group tomorrow. It is hard to work on it in the darker evenings and I have been distracted by the socks for the last week or so. It is almost there though. I think this evening i will try that provisional cast-on though and make a start on my Ice Queen or a little cardigan for our friends’ new baby, George. I picked up some aran yarn in Ireland that may be suitable for that.