I totally get what Cookie is talking about. A sock that won't let go of its grip on you. One that keeps you knitting far too late and gets you up far too early.
Behold, the power of the Monkey.
Done in Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino, magic looped on a 32-inch, 2.5 mm Knitpicks circular. If the pattern looks wonky, it's because I worked toe-up. I started from a short row toe (my new favourite for non self-striping yarns), did the gussets and flap from my Diamante, and forgot to work twisted rib for the cuff, so it's just a plain ol' k1,p1 rib.
There will be no second sock syndrome, as these have already been claimed by a certain coworker with a burgeoning sock fetish.
Return of the Austermann, for just one more pair.
The mate is about halfway done, and is the last project I firmly committed to knit for the holidays. These are for Chris, the husband of a dear friend who is far too busy with 3 adorable kids to get her shopping done.
I do have more of the Austermann yarn, but this is thankfully it for this colourway. I have 2 skeins of the blue one that I think are crying out to become knee socks. For me. At a later date.
Elsewhere in obsession-land, I can't seem to stop knitting and felting little backpacks. This one's done in 2 skeins of Patons Classic (one solid, one variegated) and is for my daughter's pal (and pal's daughter), Angeline.
Done from a shaped base like in my freebie, with picot ridge and cast-off.
In all of this, I have hosted a teeny gathering of family. The guest of honour?
My wee Laurel, who at 2 can barely be called a baby any longer.
(That proud soul beneath her is her beloved Grampie.)
By the way, the dress is one I knit for her big sister last winter. It's done in Handmaiden Ottawa and the details are posted on her blog.
Another backpack got shipped out before photograpy today. Fuchsia and pale pink Patons Classic with a heart pattern borrowed from an early issue of Knitty. It turned out great, and I am hoping it will keep Maddie and her Barbie dolls very happy.
What's next? Catching up on DVR recordings, more knit backpacks, more socks and working full-time next week. Sleep will come, as will the holiday. Enjoy, all!