For a while I was a pretty prolific sock knitter—finishing about a pair a month, sometimes more. At some point during 2009, I lost my sock mojo. I had tons of great sock plans, but none of them seemed to work out. I would cast on, knit 4 or 5 inches, and toss the sock aside. I finished several sweaters during this time so I wasn’t being a completely fickle knitter—socks just weren’t holding my interest. I finished 2 pairs in February 2010 and thought my mojo was back, and maybe it was, but sweaters and shawls quickly won out and socks were abandoned again.
Summer, and my desire to not have a pile of wool on my lap, seems to have helped me recover some of that lost sock mojo—suddenly, I can’t put socks down, and I’m trying to work on about 4 pairs at once now! To celebrate the return of my sock mojo, I decided the first FO posted to the blog should be a pair of recently finished socks:
PATTERN: Skew by Lana Holden
YARN: Rainy Days & Wooly Dogs OhMyGoth in Bruised Ego
NEEDLES: 2.25 mm
CO: June 1; BO: June 30
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The pattern is nothing short of brilliant. Seriously. Even if you’re not a toe-up sock knitter, give it a try. There is a good bit of “just trust the pattern” and it’s a little bit of a leap of faith, but once in awhile who doesn’t need to shake up their comfort zone a bit? I even tried a new bind off—Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. I’m not sure if I’m a convert yet, but it certainly is nice and stretchy.
So now about the yarn: OH, THE YARN! I will spare you the trials and tribulations it took for me to manage to get my hands on a skein (high demand + relatively short supply = frenetic shop updates), but I’m hopelessly hooked now on Rainy Days & Wooly Dogs stripy sock yarn, and especially OhMyGoth, a merino, cashmere, nylon blend with a very tight twist and perfectly soft and smooth. Swoon.