I did a somewhat foolish thing earlier this year.
I signed up for a bi-monthly sock club through Twusted Yarns.
Somewhat foolish in that it was an expensive investment and I have been doing fine with less expensive yarns and free patterns.
Not so foolish in that I felt I needed some challenge in my sock knitting as it was becoming slightly boring to keep repeating my self.
I finished my first pair the other night and boy, were they a challenge.
The first challenge was with the yarn itself.
It is a hand dyed merino wool from Mountain Colors called Crazy Foot. The color I chose was Ruby Red. The challenge is that I have never worked with such exotic yarn and was afraid that if I messed up quite a bit I would not have enough yarn to continue.
I did not mess up my knitting and have tons left over.
The pattern we used was designed by Anna Hanson of Knitspot called Woodsmoke. It knits up to a lovely pair of socks but there were a couple of adjustments I made to the pattern. First of all I made it an extra pattern repeat longer in the leg, one repeat shorter in the foot, made the back of the heel straight stockinette rather than the lacey pattern and I lengthened the toe to accomodate my pointy toes. My other major change is that I used size 0 needles rather than the required size1s as I knit somewhat loosely.
Imagine a picture of my socks here as I think Alex has taken my camera again. Note to self - buy another camera and put a tracking device on it.
Anyway, despite the lack of pictures, I hope you read into this narrative how impressed I am with myself that I got these socks made before the next pair is available at the beginning of April. The other thing I am incredibly proud about is that they actually fit.
Will wonders never cease?
Have a great week!