Last week, in the quiet days between Christmas and New Years, while the wind blew and the mercury dropped well below zero, I nursed a nasty cold with countless cups of tea, and knitting. I took the time to do some personal knitting--I don't get much chance for that these days!--and finished up a couple of projects that I began two or three years ago...

First off the needles, a pair of socks. I can't tell you how many doctor and dentist appointments I've taken these to, to knit a round or two in the waiting room! Finally, now I can wear them. Basic socks modeled on the Yankee Knitter Classic Socks pattern, in Madelintosh Twist Light, colorway Shire.

Of course, once I've finished a pair of socks, I have to cast on a new pair pretty much immediately. Fortunately, I've got a nice little stash of Madelintosh sock yarn so all I had to do was choose a color (Opaline) and I'm off to the races...

And finally--FINALLY--I finished the One Way Tee by Debbie O'Neill. The yarn is Shalimar Yarn Breathless DK, colorway Byzantium, and it is heavenly.

I haven't yet cast on a new sweater project, but I've got one picked out, the yarn wound, and the swatch, well, swatched. Something in lacy, silky tencel, to be a light layer over a turtleneck in winter, or a tank top in summer. With luck, maybe It will only take me a few months, rather than a few years!

The Second Flag of Resistance continues:

 Second Flag of Resistance, December 11 - December 31, 2017.

Second Flag of Resistance, December 11 - December 31, 2017.

The blue thread on the red cloth is nearly impossible to photograph! It is, however, a little clearer in closeup:

And yesterday, the tree taken down and all the decorations put away, I laid down the first stitches of 2018--new work to begin a new year:

Wishing you all the best in 2018!


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