I know things have been pretty quiet around here lately. I was struck down with the worst cold/flu horridness ever and then, just when I was starting to rebound, we lost internet access at home for a week. I hadn’t quite realized how much I rely on the internet for keeping in contact with people, gathering information, entertainment, etc.
To start things off, this week I received the most awesome pair of socks from my sockret pal, Courtney. The socks that she knit fit my feet better than any pair of socks I’ve ever knit.
Not only did she make me these beautiful socks, she sent along some yarn (a great colorway of confetti, a yarn I haven’t tried, and a skein of malabrigo in the black forest colorway). She also sent a super cute sweater keychain. Courtney has been the best sockret pal, with constant thoughtful email, e-cards, and lovely packages.
In other knitting news, I have been working to finish some projects that have been lingering on the needles. These include a pair of socks for Evan, that I started back in September. They were knit using mountain colors bearfoot yarn in the mountain twilight color. I adapted the madder ribbed sock pattern from “Vintage Socks,” doing an eye of the partridge heel and a 5x1x2x1 ribbing instead of the 6x1x2x1 specified in the pattern.
I also finished the second sock from my participation in the first round of the second sock syndrome swap. They are a modified mata hari pattern and I opted to knit them as mirror images, so the pattern swirls around each foot in opposite directions.
Finally, I’m working on a sock for my second sock syndrome swap 2. It’s the falling leaves pattern from knitty, but I am doing a gusset heel rather than the short row heel specified. I think that this heel will make the sock fit better, but this is my first experience with a toe up gusset heel, so it is a bit slow going.