Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sock Update

Sock progress has been slow but is starting to pick up. My mom was here visiting last week and I barely touched the needles the whole time. The weekend saw some good knit time in front of the TV, though. One of our local stores has DVDs on sale and we got the first 4 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for $16.99 each. It's perfect for knitting, plus if I use wood needles, I have a stake at the ready, just in case.

I stayed up way too late last night finishing up the first of my husband's socks:

I was terrified while knitting that the foot was way too huge, but it fits him just right! And I'm happy to report that Blue Moon was able to supply me with another skein of Blue Brick Wall, so he'll actually have a pair if I ever get the second one knit.

I also started a pair of socks for myself, with Socks that Rock in "Siren Song:"

I had originally planned to try toe-up with this yarn, but wasn't happy with the results so I ripped it out and started over. Now I'm using the Baby Cable Rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks and I'm really pleased with it.

Finally, in other sockish news, I received my prize from Romancing the Yarn's Sock Hop Contest yesterday!

This is Sock! by Lisa Souza in the Earth Birth colorway, and it is gorgeous. I am totally loving the colors in this yarn!
I'm contemplating the best pattern to use for it: simple stockinette, ribbing, lace? I'd love to hear suggestions from other knitters.

In the meantime, sock on!


Faith said...

Your socks are looking great!

Multi colored yarn can be tricky to work with. It can pool and flash in all sorts of suprising ways. You'll probably just have to play around with a few patterns until you find something that works well with it. Usually something like that doesn't work well for a pattern like "Embossed Leaves Socks" (IK), but might work better for a "straighter" pattern like "Jaywalker" (MagKnits), "Broadripple" or "Straightlaced" (both from Knitty). But feel free to experiment! =)

k1tchenwitch said...

16.99 for Buffy DVDs?!!??!?

I know absolutely nothing about knitting, but those socks look wonderful & oh so cozy.

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Faith - thanks for the great ideas! I definitely want the colors of this yarn to take center stage. Hey, by the way, what happened to comments on your blog? They didn't seem to be there this morning when I stopped by. It sounds like you're settling in well and having a great adventure.

Theresa - Unless you live in the Pacific Northwest, you probably don't know Fred Meyer, but that's where the Buffy sale was. It practically felt criminal, getting them for that price!

Anonymous said...

You always seem so happy when writing about knitting. :)

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Stephanie - it's a happy occupation! Very relaxing and stress-relieving (except when you're trying to finish something just hours before a birthday or holiday). It's also a concrete and useful form of creativity. There's nothing like creating something beautiful that is also functional.

Anne Bauer said...

Those socks make me want to put them on and curl up in front of a fire with a good book. I admire your creativity and your output!

Cheryl Mills said...

Love those colors!

Are you doing nano this year?

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Anne - they feel even cozier than they look! Thanks!

HI Cheryl! I'm trying to resist NaNo this year, trying very hard. How about you?

Cheryl Mills said...

I'll be there. I have a hard time resisting!