It seems appropriate that I am considering socks at the beginning of October. Or maybe it's not - is there a Socktoberfest this year? I am shamefully behind in blogosphere happenings.
Anyway. I have seriously fallen off the sock wagon, so I thought I should do a little round up of what is on the go.
Things didn't start well.
I had completely forgotten about this one. I only found it because I was looking for another sock in my knitting basket. I started these for Sam, so long ago that his feet are a full size bigger now. Did I tell you that Sam's feet are now bigger than mine? And only two sizes smaller than his father? And that he's still only 10? And that I've had to buy no fewer than three new pairs of shoes for him this week? Trainers, football boots and walking boots, all in one week - my bank account is feeling rather fragile now.
Back to the socks. I suppose I can unpick the toe and make it longer. Or I could just stuff it back in the knitting basket for a bit.
This was sitting on top one of the speakers in the living room. This yarn started off as a Pomotamus but I wasn't feeling the love, so it got frogged. This pattern is Broad Spiral Ribbing from More Sensational Knitted Socks. Like the pattern, but I'm still not sure about the yarn. I remember stuffing them on top of the speaker so I could start these ones
which are the ubiquitous Monkeys. Done in Cherry Tree Hill, Old Rose colourway. I started these on 2.25mm needles but realised they would be too tight so ripped back and started again on 2.5mm. I knew I had these somewhere but had to search the whole house for them. Eventually they turned up on top of the chest of drawers in my bedroom. I abandoned them because I was getting tired of having to refer to the instructions to remember where I was up to.
I was craving some simple knitting, so I started these.
Plain old stocking stitch socks, destined for Toby. Once I started these, I realised that really, I'm happiest knitting plain socks. I like to just be able to pick them up, knit away without having to look at instructions and let the yarn do its thing. Even though these are 72 stitches, knit on 2.25mm needles, I know I'm going to finish these before either of the other two - which is entirely about me, rather than the patterns, I hasten to add.
And once I've finished them, I plan to cast on for some more lovely plain socks with some of this
and I can't wait.