As I said in the last post, I've recently finished a couple of socks. The first is a basic Jaywalker in lightweight STR, Dixie Chick colorway. I love this pattern and I'm not sure why this is only the second time I've knit it. It's perfect for handpainted (i.e. loud) sock yarn which is my favorite kind. I'm not sure I will actually wear these socks, but that's not really the point, is it?
The second sock is a Monkey sock with no purls. I'm certainly not the first person to eliminate the purls (and therefore the hassle) from this pattern and I'm sure I won't be the last. As far as I'm concerned, losing the purls only makes this pattern better. Here is my No Purls Monkey with an adorable picot edge in Pagewood Farms Denali. I think the colorway is called Prism, but I'm not positive about that. The second sock has is already on the needles which is a testament to both the pattern and the yarn.
Because my college students had their recital last Tuesday and my kid students had their recital on Saturday, I didn't have to teach lessons today. I discovered long ago that teaching lessons so soon after a recital is a waste of time. I'm positive that none of my kid students practiced a single note yesterday and most of the college kids are now done for the semester. The last time I had a free Monday was months ago, so I decided that after going to the gym, the day was mine to do whatever I wanted. I ended up doing a lot of laundry and and between loads, I worked on my Imogen/Cookie Monster sweater and watched episodes of Greek and the new 90210 on the DVR. I cast on for this a few months ago using some Araucania Nature Wool Chunky that I got from a WEBS closeout. It's a very simple pattern and since much of it has been knit in dim lighting while watching DVDs I failed to notice that not all closeout skeins of Nature Wool are equally variegated.
That bit on the left has been frogged and reknit with alternating skeins. I know this picture is terrible, but even in a terrible picture, the stripe on the left sleeve is just too obvious, even for me. The other yarn changes bother me less, partly because they will end up on the back and on the side. If I'd been diligent in my Ravelry research, I would have known to change yarn every two rows all the way through, but frankly, that sounds like way to big of a pain in the ass. I think I'm just going to embrace the homemade look of this sweater and go with it. My hope is that it will be finished in time for Sequoia so that I can wear it before next December. I think that I will fit right in in Arcata, CA in a sweater like this.