Thursday, August 23, 2007

In the Spirit of Socks
Since Wendy is working on doing a ton of socks this summer I thought I could eek out at least one pair. At the rate I am going, it will only be one pair. I had visions of new socks dancing in my head while buying 6 different kinds of sock yarn from May until now. Mind you, I didn't have a new teaching job when all of this wreckless spending was going on, but one can never have too much sock yarn.

So here is my part-time effort so far. I bought this yarn
at the MSand W this past May when I rode on the Knitting Guild's bus with my serious talking buddy Susan. We had a great time especially since it was her first time at the show. I just loved all their colors. While some were not my taste, they all looked wonderful. I know it's German and can be washed in the washing machine, but other than that...nothing. I don't really care either since it can be thrown into the washing machine.

I have been using my friend Sue's faithful sock pattern from when I took her class at The Knitting Corner. I have used this pattern twice and this will be my third attempt. I love how they are simple for a beginner sock make like myself. It gives me courage and the confidence I need to move on to other patterns. Right now, I really don't have time for anything too complicated, but later....ha!

So here is my first sock using this yarn. It's soft and I love the colors. They are fallish colors and muted like I like. I am now a loud color person. I have bought a really red blouse for my new teaching job, but that's it for my adventure in colors other than, tan, taupe, beige, gold, etc.
I am not a huge fan of blue but this isn't true blue so I am okay with it so far. I think these will go well with jeans. I wear a lot of jeans on my days off. Three of the four part-time jobs I have, I have to wear a uniform, so jeans are so welcomed when I get to put them on. I think I was born in them.
Here is a better view. I don't suffer from one sockitis, so there will be two eventually... I forgot to split the ball into two small balls so my strips could match. Oh well, maybe next pair.

I wanted to show that I do use the little carrier, whose name totally escapes me at this very Senior moment. It's really too small to carry a lot in, but then I guess it wasn't designed for that anyway. So it does get used!

I have started another class/knit along at The Knitting Corner, but I will write about that later. I have been bitten by the lace bug again.


Wool Winder said...

I'm on my third pair of socks made from On Line Supersocke Cotton. Not only do they hold up well in the washing machine, they also can go in the dryer. My first pair is a year old, has been machine washed and dried numerous times and still looks like new. Love this yarn!

vlb5757 said...

Good! I was hoping that someone would say how they have done with washing and drying. I know my superwash wool socks are still going strong but I have only done one other pair of cotton blend socks and they aren't the right size. I messed up on them so I just wear they with no shoes. They keep falling down so I will have to use less stitches at the top ribbing. I use 1s already so it will have to less stitches. I love the way the yarn feels and I loved the colors. I might have to order me some more but I still have all that other sock yarn stored away that I need to use. So much sock yarn, so little time...

Tina T-P said...

What a pretty sock. I'll look forward to seeing the other one.

How is your teaching job going? Didn't summer go way too fast? Are you in an area that has been getting the extreme heat?

It is 64 degrees right now, & Yay, the sun is coming out - some friends are having a big BBQ aniversary party, complete with a band - hope the rain goes far away so we don't all have to squish into their house...

Have a good weekend, and hopefully some "jean time" :-) T.

vlb5757 said...

Tina-teaching is taking up more time than I thought it would. Doing lesson plans take more thought than I expected. Grading papers, lesson plans, counseling students and all of it, is way more than I bargined for. Having said all of that, I really do enjoy it. I see why teachers say they are underpaid. I support their every effort to get more money!

Summer thankfully has come and is almost gone. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons. I bake, I cook, I relax more. 64 degrees sounds like heavenly weather to me. Perfect weather for my new socks!! I love sweatpants and ratty T-shirts and a good book in the sunroom. I don't read as often as I used to but hopefully fall will bring back the desire1

Leigh said...

What a perfect sock knitting bag. And what lovely socks! Beautiful colors.