It’s Thursday, and I have a new sock to share!
When I first started knitting socks two at a time, I basically decided there was no reason to ever knit a single sock again. Why knit one sock when you could knit two? But, as you can see, there’s only one sock on that needle! And there’s only one needle … I’m knitting it magic loop, which I never do! (It’s a wild ride over here, folks!)
I love two at a time socks, but the thing is, I find them a bit fiddly to get started, especially (when they’re cuff down, rather than toe up. So when I found myself in Wellington airport with just a bit of time before the start of my 20+ hour journey back to the US, I decided I just didn’t have it in me to try to get two socks going. I usually like to sit down in a quiet place, with lots of elbow room, to cast on TAAT socks, and I just didn’t have that! I also thought I’d give magic loop, which I rarely use, a try, because it seemed like it might be a bit more compact than using two circulars. And it’s given me no problems. I’m knitting on ChiaoGoo needles, and I think that’s really helped. The cables are nice and sturdy and don’t, in my experience, get wonky and crimped … it makes magic loop much less of a headache!
The pattern is Hermione’s Everday Sock. I’m bummed that I’m not sure what the yarn is, as I am loving how it knits up! I caked it ages ago and kept the tag with it for a long time, but it seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. I know it was a hand dyer, and if I had to guess, I’d say the yarn is 100% wool … they’re a bit hard to capture, but the many-colored speckles are really pretty!
I’ve been enjoying lots of things about knitting this sock. Progress has felt super fast since there’s just one. I knit the cuff on the short flight from Wellington to Auckland, made significant progress on the leg when I wasn’t sleeping on the flight from Auckland to LA, and then did the heel flap and most of the gusset from LA to Baltimore. Now that we’re here, my knitting progress has been really negligible. Between going to the storage unit to get out and put away various things, driving my stuff to my future apartment in Philadelphia yesterday, and seeing friends (+ jet lag), I’ve had little time/energy for knitting. I’m looking forward to getting to LA next week and hopefully settling into a normal schedule (read: a schedule that includes lots of knitting time).
I’m especially eager to get this pair done as I’m seriously itching to cast on the Smooth Operator Socks. Seeing fellow sockalongers Alex and Paula’s progress and Melinda of Knit Potion’s lovely finished pair has convinced me they need to be my next socks. In all the moving craziness yesterday, I managed to locate this skein of Trailing Clouds sock yarn which I think will be perfect for the pattern (this was something of a miracle, given the number of receptacles we moved containing yarn!):
There’s a group of us who talk socks on Thursday:
- Alex at Alexand Knits
- Paula at Spin a Yarn
- Hannah at unsophisticated + jejeune
- Jennifer at A Creative Yarn
Go check out what they have to say this week!