Sunday, April 13, 2008

All Socks, All the Time

I started my knitting obsession with socks, and whenever my knitting mojo goes wonky I turn to some good old sock knitting. Thus, the last week or so has been all about socks. I decided to cast on a pair of Embossed Leaves socks from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks book. I love this book, and I know that I will ultimately knit every pattern in this book. This pattern is lovely and very easy to follow. I have another pair of these on the needles somewhere in the house, but I can't find them. Isn't that weird.

I am using Mountain Colors Bearfoot and Harmony Knitpicks DPNs. These have turned out to be quite large, so they will definitely be snuggly bed socks. I should have gauged. What else is new though! Hahahaha....I am just about to the toe of the second sock so they will be finished this week for sure.

I also cast on a basic pair of ribbed socks for my hubby. He has been hounding me since last year to knit him a pair of socks, but I just never get around to it. I am a very selfish knitter. He liked the softness of the Embossed Leaves so I bought some Bearfoot to use for his socks. I decided to mix it up a bit, and learn how to knit using two circulars for his socks. I have had Cat Bordhi's Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles for a while now so I thought I would give it a go.

I am at the toe for the first sock, and I must say I like using the two circulars. It is really fast, and very easy to transport. Plus, if I get interrupted while knitting I can easily pull the needles and throw it down without worrying about dropping stitches. Big plus for me while knitting at work. I am not sure which method I like better, but I will definitely be using the two circs again.

I also received my pal's sock from the Wee Tiny Sock Swap yesterday. Arlene aka Yarnwhisperer did a fantastic job, and the colors are perfect for me. I also love that she included a clip so that I can easily attach it to my spinning wheel. I absolutely love it! Thanks so much Arlene.

Arlene's mini is the lovely green on the right. I have been knitting more mini socks (because they are addicting). The marble on the left was knit by me. I am going to toggle them to my wheel to personalize it a bit. These cute little socks are modeling on my new knitting cube from Schrodinger. It is so small, but it holds so much! I can fit an entire cake of sock yarn, a finished sock, a sock in progress, a crochet hook and my tape measure. With room to spare! I highly recommend it. It is a very well made product.