Socktober is Over...

But before it ended, I did get a chance to cast a pair of socks on to the needles.

 I'm not exactly sure what Socktober is- I think it is some sort of knitting event (because I have seen reference to it pop up in my Google Reader quite a bit in the past few weeks), but I just like the name.  That's right- I liked hearing 'Socktober' so much that it compelled me to start a pair of socks.  Furthermore, these socks will be for the purpose of keeping my toes toasty once they are finished.  This will be my first pair of handknit socks- time to see what all of the fuss is about.

The pattern is Spring Socks by Eveli Kaur (find her blog here).  The yarn- that's right, Noro Kureyon.   Being my first experience working with Noro, I have mixed feelings.  Despite the fact that I  am knitting with it, I still feel a little hesitant about using it.  I'm not ready for a sweater or shawl, but for this pair of socks- I find it perfect.  I do finally understand the Noro color fuss. It's kind of like reading a good book, there have been a few nights I've had a hard time going to bed because I wanted to see how the color would change.  Really.  Ok, I just realized I have a problem.

Unfortunately, it may be a while until we see these again. While I was working the yarn for my Sheep Yoke cardigan (for Baby FPK to come home in) finally arrived.  Here's a picture of the ever-so-gender-neutral colors in case you have forgotten:

** For those of you wondering about the large circular needle, I started using magic loop in the past couple months and am actually thoroughly enjoying the technique.  Just goes to show everything is worth a try.

Darn That Sock!

Well, at least the second one. Last week I was traveling for work and decided it would be the perfect opportunity to make my first pair of socks (I know, I know... it's about time). I wanted to do the socks at the same time on circular needles, but it turned out that I did not have the adequate needles.

With a skein of Colinette Jitterbug and 4 double pointed needles in hand, it was safe to head to the airport.

The socks started for myself. I began at the toe, and when I tried them on, they were a bit loose. I'm not a fan of loosy-goosy socks, so they quickly turned into a gift for Joe. Even though I was in meetings all week, and had very limited time, I managed to finish the first sock the evening I arrived at home.

This week I have a little more free time, and guess what I can't seem to finish? If only I could have done both socks at the same time. I'm sure I would have paid top dollar for size 1 circular needles the night before I left for my trip...

Moral of the story? All airports should have yarn shops!