Voila - the secret knitting is revealed:
I made mom a pair of Nutkins (or Punkins, in this case) for her birthday. Her birthday was yesterday, but she was recovering from all the excitement at Knit Camp, so I took them to her today (with a cake too!)
Nutkin is one of my favourite patterns. I find it just flies by and you have a pair of beautiful socks in no time. It does have one draw back however - with the pattern as written, the socks tend to twist when you wear them, so for these ones, I mirrored each 16 stitch pattern.It creates a nice effect, and will hopefully keep them from twisting. Sadly, these were not knit from Wandering Cat Yarn (as mom hoped when she spied the sneak peak picture), but some Auracania I had in the stash. The Auracania isn't all that soft, but I'm hoping it will soften when she washes them. It was the perfect colour for Mom, but I guess I'm still going to have to dye up some Campfire and knit her another pair, because that's what she really wants. Other mods include a picot hem - just cause I think it's cute (it's also Miss Pee's hem of choice). And I only did four pattern repeats for the cuff because I didn't want to run out of yarn (only 360 yards per skein) and NOT because I don't have the patience to make full length socks as Mom will try to tell you.
So, Mom is happy to have birthday socks, and I'm happy to finally be able to show you all. I hate keeping secrets!