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I am back...

It has been awhile since I last posted. I have not been at my best lately. Therefore, my knitting has not been at its best either. The black jacket that I started knitting almost 3 weeks ago is almost finished, but working on it has been a struggle. Even though it is one of the simplest patterns I have ever worked on, I had redone every part of it at least once. I only need to finish the pockets and add buttons, but I can't even look at it right now (reason for lack of photo). After I had knitted on and then unraveled 3 different styles of pocket, my son asked me why I was still working on it, as I was clearly not enjoying it. At that point I realized that I needed a break from it. I am not sure if it was the yarn that I didn't like working with or just my generally not feeling good, but putting the jacket away felt like a huge relief.

I am still knitting socks as my on-the-go projects. Unfortunately, I have been forgetting to bring with me stitch markers, which are not essential for making sock but sure make knitting them easier. I made this pair from leftover DROPS Fabel Salt and Pepper. As I didn't have enough yarn for an entire pair of socks, I used black for the cuffs, heels, and toes. I actually like them more with the black than without.

Hand-knitted wool socks in DROPS Fabel Salt and Pepper and Black with asymmetrical wedge toes and traditional heel flap

After my son "giving me permission" to put the black jacket on hold, I started making a pullover from DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk. This yarn is a blend of brushed alpaca and Mulberry silk and feels so very soft. I love working with it! Also, unlike most yarn with alpaca, this yarn does not shed at all. I borrowed the pattern for the yolk from Tornade by DROPS Design, but the rest of it I making up as I go. I had difficulty capturing the color of the yarn in my photo. It is more of a deep burgundy purple and not as pink as shown.

Work-in-progress knitted pullover in DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk Purple with Tornado yolk