Being away from home and kidless last week gave me a chance to spend some pretty intensive knitting time. Socks are so great and portable, and I love to switch things up.
My resolution this year is probably quite opposite to that of other sock knitters. I've never had a SSS problem, being uptight enough to finish a pair before starting the next. In 2007, I am embracing the fun that is moving from sock to sock, with no regard for finishing pairs. The result is lots of single socks, lovingly bagged in Ziplocs with the remainder of the yarn and pattern notes. It's the only form of rebellion in which I indulge. Clearly, I need to get out more.
Admittedly, this one's a pair. However, the second sock was not completed until I had done one from another pair. Such. a. rebel.
The pattern is Cat Bordhi's Flow Motion, from Vogue Knitting. It's worked in two (loud) shades of Opal solid, yellow and red-orange. I'm calling them my Inferno socks. I love the front gussets as an option to traditional construction. The lace pattern, while obscured by the insane colours, was super fun to work. On a 4mm needle, these babies were completed in no time. The only change to the pattern was a short-row toe.
Next, I revisited an old friend.
Falling Leaves. The first pair I made went to a LYS for display. These ones are staying! They're worked in Opal handpainted (drool!), basically to pattern, but with a w&t (instead of yo) short-row toe and my Diamante gussets and heel flap. I may have to break my rebellious streak for these, as I can hardly wait to knit #2 and start wearing them.
Charlene Schurch's Ripple Weave socks, from Vogue Knitting. These are in some yummy yarn my mom found for me in Maine. Great Adirondack Yarns Soxie, in the Canteloupe colourway. This yarn is incredible! I went toe-up for these, as is most definitely my tendency lately. I started the twisted rib on the front half of the toe. P1 tbl is not for the faint of heart! I did the Diamante gussets and bottom flap. For the heel flap, I decided against Eye of Partridge. It's never wowed me, particularly for yarns that are anything but a smooth, single colour. So I kept up with the twisted rib for the heel flap. Again with the p1 tbl, but I think the result was worth it. I like but don't love this pattern, so I'll be content to let the second sock sit for awhile.
In other finished objects, I did another pair of Monkey socks, this time in Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, in a delicious teal colourway. I donated these to my local hospital's chemotherapy service before I could photograph them.
Squeaked out one more pair of Pomatomus in the Ballet Dancing. The yarn is finally gone. Also, one more Austermann Step pair in grey, which is also gone.
I also managed to squeak out a Knitty submission for spring, using some yarn I received as a holiday gift. I had originally decided not to submit for this issue, but this skein of yarn inspired what I think is a really nice design that I whipped off in no time. Until I hear from Amy, no photos of this one.
I've been doing some non-sock projects too. They will have their own post in the coming days.
My next resolution?
Change the date settings on my parents' camera.