My neighbours are expecting their first baby soon. I asked if they would like any handknits, and Lorraine asked for baby socks, in wool.
These are so tiny I can hardly believe it.
The pattern is called Better Than Booties. It was a free download from Interweave, years ago, and is by Ann Budd. Knitted from the top down, exactly as a normal pair of socks, with 2mm dpns. There is, as you can see, a picot edging to the top. The heel and toe are worked with Patricia Gibson-Roberts' short row method, and the socks are finished with a zigzag cast-off along the top, just above the toe section.
I think I may have to make some more of these.
At the other extreme of the knitting spectrum, possibly - Ross is coming along nicely.
There is a slight problem, as I'm sure you can see - the fabric is biasing like nobody's business. I know why this is happening, I think - it is the nature of the way the yarn is spun. And now that I stop and think about it, I remember my mother knitting a dress some years ago with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan, which was a boucle yarn - and she had the same problem then.
Blocking should help a lot - at least, I hope that it will. I want to like this yarn, the fabric feels so lovely, and I'd like to use it for a pullover. Well, we shall see...