Well, I have an FO and I won a blog contest on Grumperina's blog!
Here is the FO!
Yes, I finished the blanket!
Ok, that is only half of it. The finished and unwashed/blocked blanket is 23 X 46.
Here is the entire thing....is it big enough for a baby?
Now that I am done with the blanket I will be working on this scarf for my brother: It's a Gryffindor scarf, the style worn by the students in their later years at school.
What did I win in a contest on Grumperina's blog?
I won this copy of toe-up! It's a new sock bock by Chrissy Gardiner that allows you to take control of your own toe-up sock knitting.
It has excellent instruction sections(6 of them!) and a list of patterns.
It also has some excellent charts in the back for the heels and toes outlined in the instruction sections from the heels and toes parts to make them fit your foot perfectly.
It also has a number of patterns I would like to knit. The one drawback to this book? It only has heels that involve the wrap and turn and an afterthought heel. I avoid the wrap and turn like the plague and use a heel from wendyknits free patterns generally and have yet to use an afterthought heel. I would have liked to see a heel like the one from wendyknits, she has a fingering weight toe-up sock pattern on her website for free that I use all the time in all my socks regardless of what the pattern calls for.
I would still recommend this book for the person who wants to have most of the options for toe-up socks laid out in front of them to use any stitch pattern in a sock and just have to punch in the numbers. Some of these sock patterns are definitely worth it as well. This would be a good book for the beginning toe-up sock knitter as well, it has some easy patterns and very clear instructions.
My secret unpictured project is coming along well, I'm about to start the heel on the first one and that is the last real step before I can write a complete pattern for it. Just have to crunch the numbers.
As always, Happy Knitting!