People, I do not know where the time has gone. The holidays have come & gone, Christmas break is over, and the spring semester started this week. I have so much to talk about (cake! frosting! knitting!), but my written exams for grad school are in 3 weeks, so I’m a little stressed out.
Let’s talk ever so briefly about my semester: I’m taking 2 of the 3 written exams for my PhD program on Feb 5, still working full time (though using much vacation to get through the semester), TAing a research class, taking 2 classes, and writing a manuscript with my mentor that’s due early April. It sounds insane when you write it all out and I’ve had it on my mind during the school break – I should study, I should work on this, I should do that. So, naturally I knit a lot instead. In fact, I spent so much time on the second sock one day that my arm and hands were sore.*
Speaking of the socks, there is something magical about the Skew pattern. I had it in my queue (with this yarn earmarked for it) for a few years, but I was convinced that I would work on this sock & then it wouldn’t fit. I was afraid that I would need to somehow compensate for my size 10 feet. The reality is that I just had to knit a few extra rows on the foot (which is easy to do) and not worry about the width of the sock – they fit great!
The magic part is the heel – you increase for it at the center of the round and then do a bit of origami (the designer’s term) to get the heel formed, kitchener a few stitches and BAM – sock heel. I LOVED IT.
For me, one of the best things about these socks was that they were simple enough to knit while watching tv or chatting with friends, but not so simple that I was bored. You have to pay just enough attention to what you’re doing for them to be interesting. And how great is this yarn? It’s Dyeabolical Strong Arm in Wicked Garden (both base & color are sadly discontinued, but allow me to pimp out Rachel’s other yarns – any of her variegated colors would be a great match for this pattern). This was one of the first colors (maybe THE first color) that I helped name, so naturally it had to be mine. I just can’t believe it took me so long to knit it up. There are more details on the ravelry project page.
And, in what may be a record for me in sock knitting, I finished these (and another pair to be discussed later) both in the same year I cast on for them. I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal for most folks, but socks are generally my “I don’t know what to knit” projects, so they wind up being WIPs a lot longer than other projects do.
Yay new socks! My first few pair are slowly felting themselves to death, so I definitely need to be getting more of them knit to keep my feet toasty.
*These socks. Once you get past the heel, it’s just a bit to decrease your mini-gusset. Then once you start the short rows, you don’t want to stop in the middle of them. Then it’s just like 10 rows of ribbing at the top and you’re done! I knit half the second sock in a day. It’s no wonder my arm was sore.