Perseverance is key…

I can’t believe that I’m making this post… but after 3 years, 7 months and 28 days (give or take a few days) of sitting around in a project bag, lonely and abandoned, the first Diamond Gansey Sock finally met his match!

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In the end I didn’t completely hate my first pair of toe-up socks, but I can’t say that I completely loved them either. I’m not sure I will make another unless I find a pattern I *must have* and can’t be bothered converting to top-down. But I can say one thing for these socks… they sure are pretty to look at:

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I did enjoy knitting them in so much as I wanted to get them done and the chart was really really easy to memorize so I only had to refer to the book a couple of times – basically for the toe, the gusset and the heel flap. I did NOT like the ugly looking hole I got at the top of the gusset (I’m sure there’s a fix to this, like there is for top-down socks, but I honestly didn’t notice it until I tried them on and by then I was done and NO WAY was I ripping back so it will stay).

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Pattern – Diamond Gansey Socks by Wendy D. Johnson (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in Winter Solstice (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US0 (2.0mm) for first sock, US2 (2.75mm) for second sock
Cast on – May 1, 2009
Cast off – January 26, 2013
Modifications – none

I did cheat a little and work on another project between finishing and starting these socks, but as the other project took only 3 hours, I don’t think it counts. Plus, it was for a little cutie who needed it very soon:

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My good friend Sebastian, who has been the lucky recipient of a knitted hat – and thus been featured on this blog before, had this beautiful baby girl a couple of weeks ago. So of course as soon as I visited I had to bring her a little hat to keep her warm in these cold winter months!

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The hat itself was such a quick and easy pattern (as I mentioned it only took me 3 hours to knit!) and it’s free to boot! Definitely a repeat for any newborns in my life. :) I used some Tosh DK I had leftover from my Effortless Cardigan and it was the perfect color – a little girly but not too much so! I love how it came out and although I forgot to do a photoshoot of the hat before I took it over, I dare say Vivian made it look infinitely better anyway. ;)

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Pattern – Otis Baby Hat by Joy Boath (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Amber Trinket (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US7 (4.5mm)
Cast on – January 18, 2013
Cast off – January 18, 2013
Modifications – none

While there, I got to shoot some very quick pictures of her… I love this one in particular because it reminds me a lot of Olivia at that age… she loved doing the one eye open thing too! :D

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And this is my favorite… because, well, she has monkey toes! And who doesn’t love baby feet?

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