I had my knitting group yesterday, and needed something to bring to work on. I always try to bring something fairly mindless so I can knit and talk without looking at the pattern. The Cheesy Puff sweater is coming to the shoulders, so I didn’t want to bring that. Jaywalkers were obviously out. And I didn’t want to start the Fair Isle socks because I’ve never knit Fair Isle and didn’t think that trying it while distracted was a good idea.
So I decided to start Nancy Bush’s Rib and Cable socks from the fall ’05 Interweave. I had bought some Koigu from Rosie’s Yarn Cellar in Philadelphia, and decided to use that. The pattern is simple, and I got a lot done yesterday. I’ve decided not to do the heel in the pattern; these are for my husband, and I think a standard heel works better for him. I have to say, I love this yarn. I thought the yarn was green, but once I started knitting, I realized it has a very subtle varigation. It has a bit of blue, light green….very nice. Once I started seeing the pattern of the cables in the yarn, I really wanted to keep the socks for me, but unfortunately, had told him I was knitting for him.
Here is where I am:
Close up of cables….I really like this pattern!
This morning I ordered one more skein of Socks that Rock in the Fire on the Mountain colorway to finish my Jaywalkers. I don’t think I’ll use much of it, so I’ll have to figure out what I can do with the leftover yarn. I do like the colorway, so I’m ok with having more than one pair of socks in it (or I suppose I could give one away….). One of the women at my knitting group was knitting a pair of toe-up socks in STR. She was using the Falcon’s Eye colorway, and it was beautiful. I’m normally drawn to bright or jewel-tone colors, but I really liked her sock. Falcon’s Eye is a white and khaki green….very soft, but very nice. Since I had to order one skein, I figured I may as well combine shipping, so I ordered Falcon’s Eye as well. I just joined the Sock Yarn Addicts knit-along and after 4/1 I can’t buy any sock yarn, but need to knit from the stash, so I wanted to get this yarn before the knit-along started (and no, its not cheating – its not 4/1!). I really want to learn how to knit toe-up socks, so maybe I’ll use the Falcon’s Eye for that.