FO Friday: Olive Medallion Socks

More socks for my mom!  This is pair 3 of 5 that I’ve promised her.

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Project: Olive Medallion Lace Socks

Pattern: Medallion Lace Socks

Designer: Andrea Fox

Available: FREE on Ravelry!

Yarn: Claudia Hand-Painted Yarns Fingering in “Moss”

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This was a great little pattern! Love the eye-of-patridge heel.

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CO Monday: Blue Yonder Lambton, Olive Medallion Socks

Having finished one pair of socks for my mom, on to the next!  This time the yarn is Claudia Hand-Painted in a lovely shade of olive.  I chose Andrea Fox’s pattern Medallion Lace Socks. I decided to do these ones two-at-a-time, and I’m already done with both cuffs. Yay!

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I also dug up some old-ish sweater stash: two batches of Shadow Tonal in Blue Yonder. I bought this is two chunks … which means I have two different dye lots.  In person, they look the same, but from experience I know that sometimes even “same-looking” yarn will make an ugly line of demarcation in a finished object. I should be ok though, because I plan to knit with this yarn mostly double-stranded, so I can easily take one ball from each dye lot and thus avert any dye lot lines.

I’m making a Lambton Top (Theressa Silver) from the 2011 Jane Austen Knits. Instead of trying to find a lace-weight and DK weight in the same colorway (or using stripes like some knitters have), I am using single-stranded Shadow for the laceweight portion, and double-stranded Shadow for the DK portion.  So far, so good!  I’ve read in other people’s project notes that the neck can be too big … for now, I’m making it as-written. I used a crochet cast-on, so it will be easy to go back and add some more fabric if I don’t like the size of the neckline.

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FO Friday: AMS 2012 Olive Lace

This is my fourth year making the Anniversary Mystery Shawl — a free KAL put out annually by prolific lace designer Renee Leverington.

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Project: AMS 2012 Olive Lace

Pattern: Anniversary Mystery Shawl 2012

Designer: Renee Leverington

Available: soon

Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in #56 Olive

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I chose Malabrigo Lace as a backup plan, when a skein of lace from my stash turned out to be horribly cut up in many places.  (I’m STILL not happy about that!)  But, it turned out to be a great excuse to knit with Malabrigo Lace, which is so soft and wonderful.  It is a single-ply, which makes it a tad delicate, but definitely worth the extra effort.

After trying several colors, I settled on “Translucent Amber” beads with a “Rainbow” finish.  I love the warm neutral brown of the amber, and the translucence allows the bead to blend with the yarn better.  Finally, the rainbow finish makes each bead a bit different, again allowing for better blending.  At least that’s my theory!

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My favorite part of this shawl was the big leaf motif at the top!

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This shawl is a 4/6 hexagon.  You could block it as a square … but I vastly prefer the 4/6 hex shape.

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