I finished my Sockpalooza 4 socks yesterday, just in time to make the August 2nd deadline. They're still a tiny bit wet after their Eucalan bath last night, but the dry Colorado air should have them ready to send out by this afternoon. Here they are on my new Fiber Trends sock blockers that I got on my final trip to Shuttles for the summer. I will miss my most excellent summertime LYS when I'm gone, but I'm sure it will be waiting for me next year.
Yarn: Hill Country Yarns (from Big Texas, of course) Sweet Feet in Chocolate Covered Kisses
Pattern: 2x2 rib for the leg, standard heel flap, plain stockinette foot, standard toe
Needles: 2 KnitPicks circulars, size 0
I've also started knitting with the yarn from the most recent BMFA Rockin' Sock Club shipment. I'm trying to do a better job of knitting the kits as they come. This particular colorway is called Firebird. Per usual, I'm not knitting the pattern that came with the yarn because it's a toe up pattern and for some reason, I'm resisting learning to knit socks that way. I really like to knit my socks from the top down on two circulars and since that's working for me, I don't really feel the need to change my system. This yarn was a little tricky. I started knitting the Central Air pattern from BMFA. I didn't read the directions carefully enough, so it took a few trys to get the stitch pattern right. Even after I figured it out, the cuff was a little baggy on my bird leg, and there was some unfortunate pooling happening, so I ripped out Central Air and started over with my new favorite sock pattern, Zig Zag.
I came across Zig Zag on the interwebs a few weeks before coming to Colorado and I think it's going to become a standby. The pattern is written for a thicker yarn, so I cast on 60 stitches instead of 48. So far so good. Pooling is no longer and issue. These socks sort of look like Monkey socks, but the stitch pattern is much simpler and it's easily memorized.
Bob arrived here in Boulder last night and we're heading up to Wyoming for a little vacation tomorrow. There are no interwebs where we're going, so I might be gone for awhile. I'll have plenty of time to sit and knit while Bob is fishing, so I should have all sorts of pretty things to show when I get to Minnesota later in the week.