Sunday, September 12, 2010

What's in a name?

Some of you may remember last year when I had to have surgery and TAO, being the fabulous husband, bought me a selection of SweetGeorgia Yarns instead of an arrangement of flowers. You may even remember the trouble with gauge I had on the diagonal rib socks (stoned=tighter gauge). Then I channeled my Grandmother and put the rest of the yarn away "for the perfect project". Yeah...last year.

Fast forward to August 2010, I had packed the Goldmine colourway of SpeedDemon sportweight sock yarn, for my PA assignment. I decided that since I like plain footed socks, I would knit the feet and then decide on the leg patterning. Took about a week for both feet, then 3 or 4 days worth of knitting leg, ripping out, knitting new leg, ripping out. I finally decided to go with simple and cozy. You know the type of pattern I mean...not plain stockingette, but not tied down to a chart either.
I used Wendy D. Johnson's gusset heel sock and then finally opted for the Lacy Rib pattern from her first sock book. Topped it off with 20 rounds of 1x1 rib.

ie-I stopped worrying about "the Perfect Pattern" and went for toasty warm socks. Sorry Grandmother, but you know what I also remember about your saving "for good"? How much stuff went to Goodwill with the pricetag still on it when you passed. When it's the cold of winter, my toes will enjoy the warmth, and my calves won't care that I didn't knit up some elaborate pattern.

Maybe when I go home in October I'll pack up the other skein of yarn from the "bouquet" and knit something from it too. - but something more complicated this time.


Anonymous said...

Lovely color and snappy pattern. Love them! Made a promise to myself to reconnect this year with all the people who gave me purpose and enriched my life. You obviously were on the list however a major computer crash took all the email addresses (I know I should have had a back up- I'm not to computer saavy) Send a holler my way so we can chat. I miss you. Shelly in Omaha

ChelleC said...

Those socks are beautiful. So fallish and comfy. Beautiful too though.

I daresay your Grandmother would approve.