This Sock (wait for it...) ROCKS!
Introducing "Belvedere" designed and knit expressly for me by Kirsten over at Through the Loops as part of a swap. Her pictures are so much more fabulous - I think I can easily say I have been knit for by a knitting Rock Star! What a neat, generous, thoughtful swap package. The sock alone is amazing - it's hard to see the details in my photos - but twisted rib cuff, a 24 line chart, not to mention professional pattern and design work. She even wrote this for my favored dpn method when she typically writes for two circulars - how unselfish. Peek over at Kirtsen's blog and you will see she is no stranger to pattern design. She has people test knitting the Belvedere as she plans to offer the pattern. (um, did I say "wow"?)
I could not have tailored a more perfect sock for myself - the fit is exquisite. It is knit in Socks that Rock in Brick - and my task is to now knit the other one. I hope to cast on this weekend, I can hardly wait! I'm still feeling a bit overwhelmed. The rest of the goodie bag was equally thoughtful - and color coordinated. Anyone who knows me - knows that I truly appreciate symmetry and coordination - Kirsten's attentiveness to detail was not lost on me.
Kirsten's package also included 3 sizes of dpn - #1, #1.5 and #2 - wow. I am a tight knitter so I will start on #2's but how wonderful to see I have lots of choices. She also sewed a knitting project bag (with an i-cord pull) and she included a skein of Araucania in a beautiful heathery blue. (again - may I just say "wow"?)
My pal in this particular swap was Jazz over at Crumbs and Co - I knit the Embossed Leaves sock - which pales in comparison, but for the record, I loved the Sundara yarn and EL pattern with my whole heart. :)