Ah, a rare two posts in one week. What is this? Well, as there has been a whole sh*t ton of sock knitting, it must be done.
First of all, if you are in the BMFA Rockin Sock Club and DO NOT want to see pictures of the March socks, please move right along. There is definitely pictures of my March sock in this post.
Anyway. . . .
First off, here are the Mommy-To-Be socks for my friend Gina:
Gina was interested in some handknit socks for her hospital stay when it's baby time in a few weeks, and who am I to deny a pregnant lady handknit socks? :) I finished these a couple days ago, and I am hoping to get them to her this week. She is not due until later this month, but I don't know. I mean, I know often first babies go late, but I don't think this one is. Things are dialating.
The Yarn: Yarn Love Scarlett O'Hara (a lovely bamboo/wool/nylon blend) in the Shipwreck colorway purchased from The Loopy Ewe.
The Pattern: Generic cuff down pattern and is in my head. I used 1x1 twisted rib on the cuff and mimicked that on the heel flap
The Needles: Size 2, of course
Time to knit: Ravelry is telling me it took me about three weeks to knit these, not too bad.
So another pair of socks finished. WooHoo! Yesterday, I went with my knitting group to Fishbed in Dundee for our monthly Yarn Hop (once a month we go to a different yarn shop and knit. Oh and shop, we definitely shop). While there, I did shop (more on that in a minute) but I managed to finish the first of my Rockin Sock Club sock for March:
The colorway is called Lucky, and I really like it. I am not one to pick green yarn a lot, but it's gorgeous. The pattern uses different sock construction than I am used to for heels and things, but I got through it. I was not jumping up and down about it, and am not sure I would use it on a sock again, but I am happy I am trying it. I think it's hard to explain, but I will try. The sock is knit cuff down, but the way you do the heel is kind of like you would do the gusset increases and heel flap on a tow-up sock. Its almost like you did the steps upside down than you might normally do for a cuff down sock. It is definitely interesting. The thing I didn't like about it, is I felt like it took forever to get through that part of the sock. Maybe with some practice it would go faster. We will see what happens with sock number 2. I will say I love love love the leafy pattern on the sock. That is definitely rockin my socks!
And, now onto the shopping. Oh the shopping. Of course, I bought yarn to knit socks:
This is Hacho from Mirasol Yarn Hacho. I had never seen it before, but holy crap is it nice. The twist on the yarn is similar to that of STR, and that is what I love. Nice and tight. There has been much petting of the yarn over the last two days. Then, I also got this:
It's Louet Gems in Worsted Weight. The colorway is Peony. Mary is knitting her first pair of socks (that's right, I so got my knitting group knitting socks now, it's awesome) and she was using this same yarn . I do not normally knit socks in worsted weight, but this stuff was just too nice to pass up. And, hey it's super fast:I started that sock yesterday at about 3pm. Several hours of watching Flip That House/various home improvement shows on TLC will really help with the sock knitting. I plan to knit this sock until I run out of yarn. They will make me very warm next winter when I am out working in the snow and cold.
And finally, I received one Wee Tiny Sock in the mail yesterday:It came from Theresa in CA. It's knit with STR in the Flower Power colorway. I love my new Wee Tiny Sock! Thanks Theresa! And thanks to Emily from YarnMiracle for hosting another fine Wee Tiny Sock Swap.
Well, that's it for now. I am now going to Half-Priced Books to unload more CDs and books on them. This whole getting rid of the crap you don't really need is feeling pretty good.