Today you can see TWO finished objects! I spent today knitting- because we're having an Indian Summer, and I have taken the opportunity to let the kids out to play rather than keep them inside- the next few months will do that enough!
First up, the Christmas Stocking:
I finished this one LAST night. It is far from perfect- as can be seen in the photo below! This is the back- complete with ad-libbed extra stitches which I used just to carry the extra yarn across. I eventually fixed my graphs- but too late to do the back of this stocking (since I finished it before fixing the graphs!)
But that is OK, no-one really looks at the back anyway- here it is hanging. You can see that the heel is maybe a little large, and perhaps the foot could be bigger. I am still pleased with the way it came out. I shall try my changes out on the next stocking! Then I will upload a pattern to share.
Here are the fixed graph- arranged in number, with a couple of extra charts I made. I also made some changes to the tree graph to make the yarn carrying a little better. The graphs are upside down so you can knit from the cuff down. I would highly recommend knitting the candy cane in two colours and duplicate stitch the red stripes on because they don't look as good knitted in as I did it.
And finally, my second finished object...
The three hour sweater. Yes I adjusted the colour again- so you can see the detail. This indoor lighting is killing my photos! Unfortunately I only just finished this one tonight. It probably took a total of about 8 hours or so- maybe 10. But there were a couple there taken up with frogging and re-knitting things. Like the sleeve I mistakenly used the wrong needle for. Or the re-knitting of the body to lengthen it. So certainly NOT a 3 hour sweater, but it IS a quick knit :)
And the book? Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. It is a fascinating story about what makes for successful people. It uses some well known success stories as examples. An interesting read!
I am joining in with the yarn along over at Ginny's again this week. You can participate or see the other participants here.
ETA: I keep meaning to post the link to Tasha's Vintage Knitting College- where she is giving tips and techniques for those who are interested in doing their own colourwork.