Francis Revisited was my first jumper, and I'm delighted with it. However, after a couple of months' wear there were two niggles: a too-tight bind-off round the bottom, and despite much measuring and trying on, a lack of length. Last week I rectified this, ripping back the moss stitch band on the bottom, then adding a couple more inches to the stocking stitch before re-knitting the moss stitch border and finishing with Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind-off. Now, it's perfect and I'm one hundred and ten percent happy!
At the weekend I finished off the last sleeve (a barely-there sleeve, actually) of Idlewood, which has been hanging around since before Christmas. Yesterday, after blocking beautifully, I wore it to my monthly knitting group. You can guarantee your knitting friends will oooh and aaah and make all the right appreciative noises! This is gorgeous to wear, very snuggly, with the large drapey cowl providing a halo of warmth around my neck. I love this pattern, and now have my eye on a couple more knits by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.
Finally, the socks are finished. Sock two was slower off the needles - typically, I got distracted on route to a speedy completion. I kitchenered the toe yesterday and after a quick block they're now ready to wear.
Have you noticed the colour co-ordination going on here? Not intentional, but pleasing to the eye, even if it's just for photographic purposes.