My Bloomin' Socks are done and I'm very happy with the way the yarn complimented the pattern. The subtle variation in the yarn served as highlights for the leaves and flowers. The yarn is Ripples Crafts Hand Dyed Yarns in Simply Green. I used 2.5 mm circular needles to knit these toe-up socks two at a time.
I made a couple of modifications. I realised that the pattern did not include a gusset so after studying the picture very closely I decided that without a gusset the socks would be awkward to put on and be a bit tight over the arch. So, which gusset to add? I turned to Bordhi and used her Fountain Architecture where she says that you can place your gusset increases on the sole - randomly if you wish. I took her at her word and placed my increases randomly and it worked a treat. I then knitted a short row heel and a reinforced heel flap gobbling up the gusset (or wings stitches as Bordhi calls them) as I went.
I also finished Sivia Harding's Little Leaf Lace Scarf which I knitted in Val's lovely homespun. This is the first scarf ever that I have knitted for myself!
I really like the way the yarn changed in colour tone as I knitted - it makes for a livelier looking pattern.
My only complaint is that I battled to pick up the subtleties of the colour changes with my camera.
This scarf is already packed to keep me warm on the cold Armidale nights. We are flying there tomorrow for a week so I will see you all again in a week's time.