I've been working diligently on whittling down the pile of socks in progress. I think Socktoberfest has renewed my sock-knitting desire, because it had disappeared for a short while. Clearly, it has returned, because socks are all I want to work on. Part of it has to do with the temperatures, but the biggest reason for the current sock streak is simplicity. Socks are so portable, which I need right now, and relatively mindless. At the end of the day, when I get a chance to knit, I don't want to have to think. Two of my socks in progress are fairly complicated patterns, which means they've been neglected. One pair was very close to completion, so I sat down last night and finished them up while watching a movie.
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock lightweight in Ruby Slippers
Needles: 2.25mm Plymouth Bamboo DPN
Notes: These socks were knit from my own pattern, which I really don't consider a complete success. I was trying to design something that would work well with handpainted yarns, but I didn't really achieve my desired effect. The stitch pattern I used (I thought it was "Checkered Acre" from Barbara Walker's first stitch dictionary, but upon closer inspection, it's not, so I don't know what the stitch pattern is, except something that I jumbled up) is highly textured. For this reason, I kept the patterning on the leg only, and went with a 3x3 ribbing on the foot. Otherwise, I think the socks would have been terribly uncomfortable in shoes.
While I don't consider these socks a complete success, I don't consider them a complete failure, either. I really needed a pair of red socks, and the color of this yarn is a perfect match for many items in my wardrobe. They are comfortable, and stay up reasonably well. So, while I feel the design is not that great, they are wearable, which is all that really matters.