Because I must admit I have - for the second time - given up on the Maranta pattern, I shall also admit to a burgeoning addiction to passively enjoying button tatting. I feel as I imagine Diane might, as she tats away at her growing mountain of Ice Drops.
Here is as far as I got on the pattern; I cut off the last wonky row:
The long chains were once again a complete disaster.
The third pair of socks had been completed and awaits delivery to the young mom and her little one..
No more. Life's too short. I really do not like how this is turning out and now, after three attempts to fix those long chains, it's not working. This is only the second pattern that I have completely given up on, the first bring Jane's beautiful African design a few years ago. In this case, I find I cannot control the tension of the chains and they ended up being different lengths; even a mere millimetre made too much of a difference. The sides looked too uneven. Sorry Umintsuru! This challenge was supposed to be fun - it definitely is not for me! I am going to cut off the chain rows and see if I can save the centre.