I was sucked into the world of knitting by my desire to knit socks. Ironic that I have suffered from second sock syndrome pretty much from the beginning. I'm not sure if it's because of the disaster that was my first sock. Yes, that would be singular. But, if you know a one-legged person with a pumpkin pie-shaped foot... well, let's just say that's another check on your Christmas gift-giving list. Just leave me an address.
Or, perhaps it was the pair of socks I knit for my Mom that took just over 18 months, a change of yarn and a change of pattern. Folks, she's got tiny feet. But we'll save that story for a blogentitled How to read yarn directions.
But I had none of those problems with this knit! I stumbled upon Kristen's blog months ago and have ogled many a pattern. I considered adding Joy of Sox to the xmas list this year and jumped at the chance to knit one of her patterns. And, as fate would have it, this post finally gave me the solution to SSS. Knit a portion of the sock for BOTH socks at once. I know you two-at-once circ folks will be rolling your eyes, but as a DPN girl, it was a light bulb. And I thought, why not give it a try?
It was a success:
(why yes, that is the edge of my Eeyore pajamas in the picture)
This was an incredibly fast knit, I finished both socks in 30 days.
And that was with 6 days of jet lag induced non-knitting. A new
record. I can see this being a go-to pattern for socks. I was limited
in my selection of yarn that fit the projected requirements, and picked
Kangaroo Dyer's yarn. I found it funny that most of these socks were
knit during my recent Australia trip. I really didn't think about it at first. This is a great sock yarn with a
lot of yardage. The color is great with very interesting and subtle color changes.
I immediately thought of leaves when I started on the leg, and with it being an autumn pattern, I thought of leaves falling off the trees. I will admit I was disappointed when I realized that the ribbing was going to run down the FRONT of the sock, but then she ingeniously moved the pattern to the toe. I also think these would have been a better fit for me on size 1's; the ribbing saves the fit on these, but they feel very light as if they are going to move around quite a bit. Having the toe decreases incorporated in the pattern was just a fabulous added touch that produced a very finished look. Of course, now that I have pictorial evidence, I see I'll have to work on those bunny-eared toe grafts. Or are they kangaroo ears?
I have a related mystery project, but it'll need to wait a little bit longer for the reveal. Here is a sneak peak...
well, I'm on my way I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way I'm takin' my time but I don't know where - Me and Julio Down at the Schoolyard
So, many moons ago, I said I was going to start a blog in 2009. Of course, the rush of things in the new year got in the way,
then I suffered from analysis paralysis. "I really don't knit
fast/a lot," "What should I call my blog?" "I want to start my blog
with an FO," "Which FO?"
When I finally decided what to call it (honestly, a rather late addition to the contenders), my partner took the lead and created the account.
So all I had to do was write a post.
"I'll start when my sweater is done," "I don't have pictures."
A month went by. Well, actually, closer to two.
enough! Here is my blog. It's not the perfect first entry, whatever
that might be.** What will it contain?
I'm not quite sure. I can say:
there will be knitting!
not as much as others
there may be other crafts
there will be gaps
the gaps will may be filled by thoughts and goings-on in my life.
I guess, like me, it's a work in progress. Welcome.
When I was swirling sentences around in my head, trying to decide what
to write about, this tune came to me. Possibly my favorite group of
all times. ** Okay, technically not my first entry. I intended to
delete the first entry, but then I got my VERY FIRST comment. What can
I say, I couldn't bring myself to delete it.