Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lucy Neatby, I blame you.


I am preoccupied. Some may consider it an "obsession." I prefer to call it a fondness for books about sock knitting. I like the pictures. I like the fancy stitch patterns, those lovely heels (all gap free!), the nicely worked toes. Who wouldn't love sock books? I blame Lucy Neatby. It's entirely her fault.
It all started when I was attending NSCAD. Every day as I took the bus to school, I passed the Mary E. Black Gallery (since moved. A shame in my opinion). Sitting in traffic one day, I looked through the bus window and saw it. The most amazing thing I had ever laid eyes on. A window display of incredible handknit socks. It did me in. The textures! The colours! The variety! And all for your feet! "I want to make those," I said to myself. I learned to knit because of Lucy Neatby and those lovely socks.
And that brings me to the latest addition to my little knittting library - Cat Bordhi's latest, New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Holy yarnover, this book is great! I couldn't help myself, I had to buy it. Then I had to drool over the pictures for a good long while, trying to decide which sock to knit first. I let the stash decide. I opened up the magic drawer and found the answer. A skein of Celestial Dream Merino in the Blue Vesuvius I colourway. I have been hoarding this one for a long time, waiting to find the "right" sock. The wait is over and the first sock is on my foot as I type away. I chose "Bartholomew's Tantalizing Socks." I have to say, it turned out pretty darn well and I'm going to cast on for the second one right now. Happy knitting everybody.

1 comment:

Miss B. said...

The colour on this one is not so hot - the actual colours are really nice and the yarn has a nice sheen to it. Too bad it doesn't come across in the picture. I blame poor lighting and a lack of phot expertise. Practice makes perfect?