Okay--I think I'm the only person in the entire knitting world who is ever going to say this, but.......
I don't care much for the Monkey Sock pattern.
I know, I know--it's one of THE most popular sock patterns on the planet, and I don't hate it enough to frog the socks, but I have a real problem with this
In other news, the overwhelming vote is for SOMETHING on the wall hanging--which I agree with. One option is a decorative stitch--which I'm practicing. Another is some sort of braid or cord, which would give it a little texture. Yet a third option is gimping--which I'd heard of and wanted to try, but had never done. So, yesterday I set about to learn to gimp.
For the uninitiated--like myself about 28 hours ago--"gimping" means to satin stitch over some sort of cord, creating a raised design on the fabric. It has been one of those "must learn that someday" things ever since I heard about it in a sewing class, but I'd never tried it. I even have a gimping foot for my machine, so I dug it out and figured out how to set it up:
Now, to date, nothing I have seen done on "Sewing With Nancy" OR "America Sews"--which are the only two sewing shows I know of (aside from quilting and I'm just not even going there)--has actually worked out for me as well as it did for the people on television, but I remain optimistic. I mean, the odds are in my favor, aren't they? I don't think sewing programs really have the cash to employ special-effects departments, so I assume that these things really DO work for somebody, even if they don't work for me. THIS adventure was to put decorative thread into the bobbin and stitch on the back side of the material, creating a cool-looking effect with the decorative bobbin thread. Luckily, I have learned SOMETHING through my adventures, and decided to experiment on scrap material first. My first attempt was ribbon: