And now that you've indulged my trip to the beach and tales of home life, here is some actual knitting.
Finished "Steelers" Socks
Black & Gold are the team colors for our local high school and youth football teams. My kids may not think much of these socks... but I know I'm going to be the envy of all the other moms!
Yarn: Claudia's Handpainted Sock in "Steeler" Colorway from the Loopy Ewe
Needles: Size 1 Knit Picks via Magic Loop
Pattern: Simple K3P1 rib
Cast On: 60 stitches
Claudia's Handpainted is one of my absolute favorite yarns. Not only is a pleasure to knit with but the colors are simply stunning.
Last night I cast on for another pair in sport weight (also from The Loopy Ewe - my current obsession). I wasn't sure about how long I wanted to make these so I decided that I would give the toe-up pattern from Interweave another chance. Here's the good and the bad so far...
Good: I found this cast-on which I think is much easier than the one in the magazine.
Good: I like getting the long boring foot-work out of the way so I can look forward to the leg.
Good: The short-row heel is much quicker than the standard heel.
Bad: I had to work the heel 3 times to get it neat enough (although this may be due to the heavier yarn). Pictured is my 1st try. I did get it a bit tighter than this.
Good: On size 2 needles it's knitting up quickly.
Great: The yarn! The colors (Blue Terra-Cotta) are amazing. I've been mesmerized just watching each strip of color appear. Rust, pumpkin, orange, pink, raspberry, blue, green, purplish brown, gold, pale yellow... I know it sounds just awful but it's amazing! I am so appreciating my new glasses so I can enjoy it in all it's glory. I just wish I could get a photo that really captured the colors.
Bad: I have no idea how the leg is going to fit yet... or how I'm going to like the finished sock with the short row heel... and I love the yarn too much to have it be less than wonderful when it's done. My, my, a sock yarn that has me willing to frog... it must be love.
As you have most likely noticed, I've been accumulating quite a collection of sock yarn lately... and have been investing most of my knitting time in socks as well. I love having the variety of colors and textures at my fingertips. So far Claudia's has got to be my favorite... but I have many more to try!
What's your favorite sock yarn? And if you don't knit socks... well, you really should! :)