I've been on a sock knitting kick lately and it's about time. I went about two years without knitting any socks at all, my free time being so limited by the arrival of our new little one. She seems to be settling a bit. Slowly. I've found myself sitting unoccupied and not feeling terribly guilty about it. Alarmed, yes. Not guilty. So I've picked up the tiny needles and sock yarn once more.
There are many things I've knit that are never worn. I'm not big on scarves or shawls but socks are always worn and worn out. I'm terribly frugal and keep the house as cold as we can bear through the winter. I can bear a few degrees cooler if my feet are warm. I was down to my last pair so I needed more to get me through the winter.
The above, however, were a gift to my sister for her birthday. You rarely know if knitted gifts will actually be appreciated for what they are - unless you give them to a fellow knitter. These were knit from Paton's Regia Self Striping. The pattern is Susan B. Anderson's How I Make My Socks, which is a great basic sock pattern. I knit these on US Size 0 needles in a little over a week.
I'm experimenting with a new (to me) heel design now and I LOVE it. It's the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and is easily adaptable to different patterns. I'm just knitting toe up, straight stockinette right now to try it out. The benefit to toe up socks is that you can knit until you run out of yarn and there are no leftovers. I am plagued by leftover yarn and the need to use it up, so this idea is very appealing to me. The downside to toe up socks used to be that the short rows were a huge pain and required a billion stitch markers and I hated every second of it. Y'all, the Fish Lips Kiss heel is the easiest heel out there and creates such a lovely tidy turn. I can already say that I will not look back.