Wednesday, January 25, 2006

She's baaaaack....

Yes, after an extremely long hiatus from the blogging world, I'm back.

Lately I've been into socks. A brief history: I never imagined myself with a sock knitting obsession considering how much I loathe using DPNs. However, after a bit of research I discovered the two circular method, and forged on, determined to actually complete two of the same socks-- a whole pair-- for the first time ever. Unfortunately at the time when I was raring to go with the two circular method, my LYS had let their inventory of sock yarn get so totally depleted that all that was left were some really horrid solid colors and some really obnoxious stripes that even a clown would turn their nose up at. I was undaunted though. Instead of just waiting until they replenished their stock, my first completed pair of socks were orange, hot pink and bright yellow stripes. Totally awful, I must say. But perfect at the same time, too.

Moving along... after repeated trips to the LYS hoping to find a better selection of sock yarns and constantly being disappointed (invariably they'd have a huge display of really barf worthy selections with one lone ball of something good---enough for just one sock), I started ordering sock yarns online. Many sock gifts later, I'm down to my last two hanks of Koigu (KPPPM, actually) and I'm keeping these puppies for myself. While certain people did indeed oooh and ahhh when receiving their Xmas socks, I'm pretty sure most of the recipients had no real concept of just how long I labored on each pair (not to mention how damn expensive the yarn was) and therefore did not appreciate them nearly as much as I hoped they would. I know how that must sound, and I don't care if I'm a horrible person for saying it. I've just decided that I'm simply going to selfishly make socks just for me now unless someone begs me to make them a pair.

For anyone thinking of taking up sock knitting, or even if you've already got a full blown sock obsession, I wholeheartedly recommend Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks. The book has instructions for 10 basic designs, with loads and loads of stitch patterns to incorporate into the 10 basic designs. You can literally make thousands of different variations. Also, one of the best features of this book is that directions for 4 DPNs, 5 DPNs or two circular needles are included for each design. The instructions are clear, consise and very easy to follow. I love the size/gauge charts too, that allow you to use pretty much any yarn with any of the patterns. My only complaint about the book is that it's not spiral bound.

Tomorrow if the light is good I'll take a photo of the current sock in progress. It's a simple top down slip stitch rib sock in the aforementioned KPPPM and the thick ribs make it so soft and squashy. I need a pair of socks that'll make my slightly too big Docs not slide around on my feet so much and I thought this pattern would be perfect for that.


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