It has happened again. I finish one pair of socks and end up casting on two new pairs. To be honest I had no intention of casting on two pairs, just one: my husband’s socks. That in itself was an adventure.
For starters, these socks are a bit out of the norm for me. For the first time I’m knitting the toes, heels, and cuffs in a different color from the main body of the sock in an effort to stretch the yarn. The accent yarn is Premier Yarn Serenity Sock in Black. The rest of the sock is being knit out of Patons Kroy Socks in Turquoise Stripes. They are being knit on slightly larger sock needles, US size 1.5 (2.5mm) as opposed to my usual US 1 (2.25mm) needles. The biggest snag I hit was I originally cast these socks on with 72 stitches and that was way too loose. I cut the stitch count down to 68 stitches and I think we have found the formula for this pair and all future socks for my husband.
I’ve also noticed I just don’t want to leave the house, especially on my days off as of late. In order to entice myself to run some errands on an extremely dreary day this past week I told myself upon completion I could visit our local yarn store which I haven’t visited in years. Of course, one does not simply walk into a yarn store and leave without yarn. No, I left with two skeins of sock yarn (Opal and Trekking) and my most exciting purchase: a pair of US size 0 (2.00mm) 9 inch circular needles. I am beyond excited about these needles as I have been wanting to attempt this method of sock knitting. I got a size down since most people say their gauge gets looser on 9 inch circs.
Naturally, I couldn’t wait to cast on with these needles, I had to cast on now. Thus I pulled out a skein of stash sock yarn, ONline Supersocke 4-fach Street Color. It’s a German yarn that I think will wear quite well as it feels like an Opal or Regia. I must say there is a learning curve to these needles, which I expected and planned for. As of right now I’m not sure where I stand as to loving this method or just letting it fall to the wayside. I’ll knit this pair of socks on these needles to really reach my stride on them and decide after that. I like that I don’t have to fiddle with 4-5 dpns or magic loop method but it is fiddly handling the yarn with such tiny points on the circs. We shall see.
I think that’s it for now. I’m off to knit on my socks and my Underwing Mitts. Until next time…