Socks have been a part of my knitting since the early 1990’s. It was Brigitta, first owner of the Wool Cabin, who taught me to knit my first sock. It was largely unsuccessful, but mostly because she had us knit with 100% cotton yarn (?). After a couple of years the idea of socks became more real as Nancy Bush, who owned the Wooly West, published her book Folk Socks. It was then I went back and finished the cotton sock, with the knowledge it would be much nicer in wool. The magic of turning the heel had hooked me, too.
Even when my main hobby was needlework there was a sock on my needles. They were small, portable and made traveling much less stressful and boring. For about 5 years all I knit was socks. As more books, patterns and fabulous yarns hit the market knitting socks became even more exciting. You can knit socks forever and never use the same pattern or yarn twice. Every single pair would be as magical as the last. At one point I realized that all the time put into a pair of socks could produce a sweater and I expanded my knitting knowledge and repertoire. Socks, however, have remained a main part of my knitting.
Friday night, when I could feel a cold coming on, I sat with the Jaywalker's in hand and watched a movie. (Thank you for your kind words and I am feeling much better.) The comfort of knitting a sock was like watching a movie with an old friend and good progress was made. As is usual with hand painted yarns, the second foot was turning out a bit different than the first. The first spiraled and the second kept the stripping pattern of the leg. You just never know, but it is fun to watch how each sock develops its own personality.
You'd think that getting close to the end of the Jaywalkers would have kept my knitting monogamous, but that just wasn't the case. Cara’s Prove It All Night just would not stay quiet. (It could have been my non-stop listening to and watching Bruce the past week, too.) Let's just say curiosity got the best of me. What would the color look like in the knit fabric? How did it feel to knit with STR? Cara is totally hooked so there must be something really wonderful about this yarn. So yes, I caved and began another sock before the JWs were finished. It's the Fancy Silk Sock from Nancy's new book. Oooo...aaaahhh...it's gorgeous! Just enough knitting ensued to quiet the shouting and I can now finish the Jaywalkers in peace.