In my last post (which seems ages ago), I declared that I would attempt to cable. I have been hesitant to try cables, it looked so hard, so complex and well, so cable-y. I figured that there must be some sort of secret, a trick that one could learn after being admitted to the elite Cable Club. Turns out I was wrong on all counts. Cables are not so hard after all - I say this as if one pair of socks makes me an expert. I knit up a pair (okay, really I've knit 1 and 3/4 pair. I'm going to finish that bad boy off tonight if it kills me.) in aKoigu Premium Merino semi-solid. For once the photo actually reflects the yarn's colour. I bought this yarn in Charlestown, South Carolina at the fabulous Knit. What a great store - bursting with yarn, lots of delicious yarns in every flavour of fibre. If you're ever in the neighborhood, I suggest you ditch your friends or family and spend the afternoon - that's what I did. Anywho, I really like this yarn. It seems that whenever I post, I've just knit with a new-to-me yarn and this is another one. I love the semi-solidness of it and the sproingy texture. Yes, I said sproingy. I was saving this yarn for me, but I decided to let it go as it's a colour I know my mom will like. I've got no quibbles or complaints except for the fact that although it's a Canadian product, I can't buy it locally and their website leaves a little something to be desired, hence no link. But those are minor issues and I'm looking forward to knitting with it again (which is good as I have three skeins of a nice navy semi-solid waiting in the stash).
The pattern for these lovelies is the Uptown Book Sock from Interweave Knits 25 Favorite Socks, originally published in the Winter 2003 issue. Everytime I flipped through that book (which I love) I would say to myself, "Man, those are nice socks, someday, if I ever larn to cable, I'm gonna make those." Mission accomplished. An easy to memorize eight row repeat, nice short row heel and a kitchener stitch toe make a nice sock. I will definitely make another pair if these, but for myself. I think they'll look pretty good in her Birkenstocks and will be more practical than a pair of lace socks (for which more than one hint was dropped).
The moment that the final sock is off the needles is the moment that the core of my christmas knitting is finished. Sweet. This is not to say that there isn't more, oh no gentle reader, the auxilary backup list is by no means short. Aside from the recently requested socks for the Beloved, in plain grey and olive green (sigh), we're into the unbloggable projects. This means that I'll have to get creative with the posting for the near future - or start something for myself - which will break my new rule of no new projects, but a girl has to write about something. Until next time knitters.