A month ago I blogged about my first sweater and the list of projects I'd kept at the back of a well loved knitting book. Birdsong recognized the sweater and realized she had saved the pattern when cleaning out old magazines. She made copies of two patterns in the same magazine (AHC c. 1975) and, as it turned out, the second sweater was also one I'd knit. (It was also on my list.)
When the patterns arrived they were a blast from the past and, as I pulled them from the envelope, memories came flooding back. Thumbing through a new magazine was exciting for a new knitter, as they were packed with ideas, beautiful colors, and fashions of the day. I couldn't knit fast enough or accomplish enough, much like today.
Magazines of today are full of beautiful things to knit, but many of us find and buy patterns on-line. Knitting before the internet, or Ravelry, is almost impossible to imagine...which leads me to Socktober! It wouldn't be October without Kristen's Mystery Sock.
Friday night I quickly worked through the first clue with a yarn subtle enough to show off the charming cables of the cuff. My partner for this mystery is ShibuiSock, in the lovely shade of Peony. However, working with two skeins presents a bit of a challenge, because they love tangling with each other an, as any knitter knows, tangled yarn is not entertaining. Being of the Sherlock mind, the problem was easily solved with the use of two small project bags, and one for each sock. Everyone is now contained, under control, nestled in, ready and waiting.
Bring it on.