Oh, the May madness is here. I love May because here in Iowa, the days are growing longer and our flowers are just starting to bloom. Everything is fresh and fragrant……
But there is a dark side to the month.
May is the second busiest month of the year for me – just shy of December. I’m constantly running, trying desperately to catch up and keep up with all the celebrations and activities that seem to culminate at the end of the school year. To keep sane, I’ve been knitting socks. Socks are my “happy place”. I’ve knit so many pairs over the years, all I need is a pair of pointy & slick size 00 circulars and a skein of fingering weight. Patterns are absolutely optional. In past 6 weeks I’ve knit 6 socks and have just cast on a 7th.
Yes, I am aware that socks usually come in pairs, but that odd sock was a sort of “test knit” in an alternate colorway for a new sock pattern I designed. I have yet to get them blocked, but once I do, I’ll take some lovely pictures and hopefully get those patterns off to the technical editor so it can be published. Stay tuned if you like knitting socks – I’ll post when I’ve got those patterns ready to go. (Also, if you’re a tech editor looking for a couple sock patterns to edit, email me!)
Here’s a visual tour of my recent sock knitting binge:
Simple Ribbing Socks – testing out a Yarn Love gradient skein
Cookie A Sock (from Sock Innovation) in Daffodil Daze on Goldilocks fingering. They’re so soft!
New pattern #1 – it’s currently un-named. The steel blue sock I had knit before (that’s why it’s got the lovely picture), and the Misty Sunrise snapshot is from the past few weeks. This is the single sock; knit from a partial ball of Misty Sunrise leftover from my Find Your Fade Shawl.
New pattern #2 – this one is actually very simple & designed to help use up little bits of sock yarn. I did my accent bands in a single color, but you could get totally creative and make them all different.
Even with socks on and off my needles for this past month or so, I’m dreaming of knitting up summer weight tops and cardigans….I’ve been queuing up lots of lovely patterns & I’ll post a fun round up of those next week. Until then, keep knitting and stay sane!