Thursday, May 03, 2007

Stop me before I sock myself silly!

I've apparently been infected and have contracted an incurable disease. Symptoms include inability to concentrate on work, an incessant desire to get in the car and drive to any yarn shop within a day's reach of home, a yearning for more and more DPNs and pairs of Addi Turbo Lace needles, and perpetually cold feet.

Yes, friends, I've been bitten by the sock bug! I cannot seem to think about anything except making more socks!

Fortunately, the timing of this affliction is fortuitous. Sockapalooooza4 is just beginning, and in another 9 days, I'm leaving for my cruise and socks are the perfect portable project.

So here is my latest installment. On the recent TKG Shop Hop, I purchased a copy of Cat Bordhi's Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles and a set of 24" US Size 2 Addi Lace Turbo needles. Last night I grabbed those, along with a skein of Sockotta purchased on the same trip, and experimented. First I was just going to do a gauge swatch, but then I figured what the heck, let's see if I can really make a sock on two circs. And thus a mini-sock was born.

I didn't really do any measuring or planning, I just used a standard sock format (thanks to the Yarn Harlot's excellent sock recipe in Knitting Rules) and winged it.

I have to say that while I can see the allure of working on two circs instead of three or four DPNs for some patterns, I think I prefer the DPNs. Maybe it's just because I'm not used to using circs like this. I don't know. I'm glad I can work with either method, though, as some stitch patterns would be easier in one style than the other and versatility at my craft is important to me. :)

And I have not forgotten the mate to the Tide Pool sock. The cuff has proceeded nicely and before long I'll be turning the heel -- as long as another skein of sock yarn doesn't lure me away!

Now I guess I better get some 'real' work done so I can afford to buy more sock yarn pay the mortgage!


Elizabeth said...

Wonderful yarn and what a cute little trial sock. I know what you mean about two circs, and one circ, but I like my dpns for some reason.

And thanks, now I am going to have to get a copy of Knitting Rules so I have more sock info. :) Isn't this just crazy? You knit along happily and then one day you see sock yarn you can't resist and before you know it, you are knitting socks like a crazed woman. Hopefully I can get into a 12 step program before the sock yarn takes over. :)

Holly said...

Cruise? Where?
And take along more yarn that you can possibly knit. And extra needles, you never know when you might meet another sock adict!