This photo shows the color accurately (also shows where Paul didn't finish polishing the floor on Saturday):
These photos show the finished embroidery:
Their feet started getting bigger and bigger as I went on.
This is the first time I have been faced with embroidery on a knitting project. I have mixed feelings about it.
The knitting itself was fun. The Tsarina's designs tend towards the pictorial. The birds were clearly worked on each sock, with a lace pattern for the tail feathers, long stitches outlining the birds, and basket-weave on the bird bodies themselves.
The shaping was interesting, too. Lisa took into account that the basket-weave stitch was not very stretchy, but there is less of it towards the top of the sock so the fit on mine is perfect.
The only problem is that I am not very fond of embroidery. Why it seems more tedious than knitting I can't figure. Both have to be worked stitch by stitch. Embroidery actually provides more instant gratification than knitting does. Yet I have no clue how long the knitting took, because I was completely engrossed in it. The embroidery took 16 hours, ten of them spent yesterday in a do-or-die rush to the finish line.
So guess what came in the mail on Saturday.
Yep. More embroidery.