Hello wonderful people!
As you may have guess from my last sock post, I’m full of the joys of sock. Goodness I really am. And I think I’ve figured out why..
It feels like I’ve stumbled on the perfect project for me. It has all the right components.
Amazingly portable – with my handy bag bought here, I can knit them anywhere. Train platform. Cooking sausages. Anywhere. I almost whipped them out at a gig the other day. Not because the gig was boring, quite the opposite, but because I my hands feel broken without a project in them and I could have gotten away with it! If only it wasn’t socially acceptable!
Small enough to not be overwhelmed – While I like to think I’m awesome at big projects, in reality it’s just not true. I work much better on the smaller ones. Being able to do them anywhere means I’m finding all these extra little snippets of time to get stuff done, meaning they grow without me even noticing. Plus, now that I’m not afraid of the scary middle, I’m not getting bogged down but a long middle process.
Fun X 2 – My goodness I’m enjoying the process. I can’t even tell you why really. Testing without being terrifying? Who knows. It’s also enhanced by the purchasing opportunities. Sock yarn is just so interesting and beautiful. How is it going to work up?!? I’ll have to knit it and see! It’s like a lucky dip every time.
I really love socks – No, I mean REALLY love them. People get socks as standard for Christmas and birthdays and are disappointed. This is my wet dream. Especially fluffy ones. Or geeky ones. Actually it’s just any socks. And now I can make my own. Combining my unnatural love with craft and coming up with a practical item. I take it back, this is my wet dream.
Anyway, this isn’t just another long winded advertisement for sock knitting, I’ve done enough of that. This is just a way to excuse why I’ve started, and lead you into my new pair. Here they are.
Drops Fabel from the birthday stash in the Blue Sea Print colourway.
Why am I using two I hear you ask. Well, this yarn comes in 50g balls, so I selected so that I could knit the pair together. I’m hoping this will really cement all my new skills. I won’t have to wait a whole sock length until I do another heel turn, or wait an age to remember how many gusset stitches I need to pick up. I’ll be able to repeat it immediately and know that it’s in there. It also actually feels like I’m getting double the result for the same work. Sounds silly and definitely all in my head, but it feels like half a job.
I obviously also picked them for the colours. The band doesn’t tell you the name of the colour, and looking it up I can clearly see the sea theme, but looking at it it felt very autumnal to me. The oranges are spectacular in real life (I’m devastated but it looks a dirty orange under awful work fluorescents) and the deepness and variation of the blues scream cold, frosty and bright mornings.
I’m not sure if they are meant to be more patterned with a smaller footy. But I’m more than happy with them. They were matching swimmingly too, until the yarn decided to do something strange. Tut. I quite like it though. Just hoping that it doesn’t go on too long and it gets back to matching soon. Not sure I could cope if it was all off.
Anyway, we’ve got a weekend away with lots of passenger time this weekend, so hopefully they’ll be finished before you know it to add to my sock empire. The way the trains are running at the moment, it might be even sooner, despite the funny looks from my fellow commuters. I’d stick my fingers up at them, but I’d have to stop knitting for that! 🙂
Much love xx