First, socks that I made for my Aunt Louise. She got them earlier this week, and they're a *very* late Christmas present:
The yarn is from KnitPicks, their Essential Kettledyed in Grasshopper. The color in the pic above is slightly off; the yarn is more of a yellow-green.
The second pair is my Traffic Island Socks that I was test knitting for a Ravelry friend, RedScot.
I really enjoyed the pattern but I can't say the same thing about the yarn. It's Walk Away from Yarn Bee, the Hobby Lobby brand. It has a thread that runs through the center of the plies and it was a real problem as I was knitting. It didn't stretch like the rest of the yarn so the wool/nylon plies would build up around the center thread. I ended up breaking the thread whenever it would become a problem, which was about every two or three yards.
Hopefully the yarn will hold up, but I'm not holding my breath. I gave it one star out of five on the yarn rating on Ravelry, and that one star was because I really like the color patterning.
I have so many things I need to finish and work on, it's hard to choose what to work on next. I knit two rows on my Hey Teach sweater, and I need to get back to working on that now that both pairs of socks are finished. I also have some quilts that need to be done (neither are mine), and hopefully I'll start on those this weekend.
I hope you're all having a great week!