As requested…

The laptop has cooled down now 🙂 Actually, I’m not sure if it was the heat from the laptop, or something I ate, or both, but last night I had horrendous stomach ache by the time I’d finished typing, hence the rushed attitude at the end!
Anyway, Jax asked for a close up of some of the detail. It is a bit too dark to take any shots right now, but I did do one yesterday which I hadn’t put up because it demonstrates how crap my weaving in can be (although I’m pretty sure it is easier when you have lighter weight yarns)

As you can see this is the collar detail 🙂 For those who don’t know the pattern, this lace is repeated the other way up at the opposite corner of the front, as well as on the right sleeve cuff. The lace is really simple, but so effective in the way it is used, and the with chunky yarn it just seems to make it all the more interesting to look at.
In other news, I’ve got five inches into the second sock… I have to say, I’m not all that fond of this yarn. It isn’t giving anything away to say I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Cool, and the colour pools so that you get a spiral of bright blue with a dark blue green edging to it running the length of the sock until you get to the sole, where it suddenly sits in slightly more subtle (and to me, more likable) strips of colour. It would be much nicer in a plainer pattern, but I just don’t like that effect really – doesn’t look great on calves like mine, although it might be better on someone slimmer! Not that fond of the heel either – the pattern doesn’t do much in the way of shaping compared to my first sock pattern. We’ll see how it fits the recepient anyway. I’ll keep pics for when they have been received and post accordingly… 🙂 Either way, apparently the second sock seems to go much quicker for me in my limited experience, which is nice – apparently I have first sock syndrome rather than second sock syndrome… And Sue, if you are reading – I plan on writing you a pattern for some chunky socks and making you a kit ;D You have to learn to make these things! Great for busting those extra balls of stash that you might have lying around 😉

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