I have learned so much with each pair of socks I have made. I am so excited to be at a point where I can read through many patterns and say to myself - hey, self, I actually understand what I am supposed to do! It is liberating not to solely focus on the ease of the pattern when deciding what to make.
There is a reason that Cookie A's Monkey pattern is so popular. It really is fun to knit, and works well with many variegated yarns. I think it was the first thing I put in my queue on Ravelry (before that it was just in my mental queue).
I was surprised by how intuitive the pattern felt after knitting only a few repeats.
I chose to knit the no purl version - a trend started by Crafty Pancakes.
Not that I dislike purls, but I love how the "trunks" flow out of each other in an "Escher-esque" way without the purls.
One thing I love about doing socks cuff down, is how speedy the knitting feels on the foot after the decreases of the gusset. It just seems to fly. There is always the worry about how much yarn you have left - which is one reason I would like to try a few more toe-up socks.
I had an itch to start hookin' again after I was inspired by some of my freebies at last weekend's Knit Out - an issue of Crochet Today and a free hook - as well as the YarnPirate's recent sock yarn granny baby blanket.
So I started a swatch with with sock yarn leftovers. I was having a good time, so it kept growing, and I added more leftovers...I'm not sure how it will end up, but I am enjoying it so far.
I forgot how pleasant the rhythm of crochet can be.
I am continuing on with my Noro Socks - not much progress since the last picture - and I plan to cast on for Bellatrix with my Cheeky Monkey "Mississippi Queen" - this will be take two for this yarn. I love the colors and the smoosh factor, and I want the pattern to be a good fit.
I fell in love with Gigi Silva's Harry Potter sock pattern series awhile back - with her recent passing it seems a fitting time to finally cast on. I have yarns picked out for Fawkes and Nagini too, but I may not get to them for awhile. (More info on her patterns in Ravelry under the designer name Monkey Toes - her website is currently off-line). I hope the yarn and pattern will be a good pairing.
Lastly, thanks to AreaThriftyOne for a surprise 5 in my recent package.
I'm not revealing my purchase (although it is probably not a secret on etsy), but she is very talented and I love how she turns "tiny leftovers into objects worthy of love."