I AM still knitting little by little, and getting things done. So here are three pairs of socks I've finished lately.
First are the Low Country Light socks by Peth Parrott from her book "Sock Club". I love the socks in the book, the colors are beautiful, but I hated knitting this pair. The stitch pattern was so boring, I almost fell asleep while knitting. I thought I'd do the second sock with a different stitch pattern, but then decided to just do it on the leg on both of them. The other reason for not liking these socks was the yarn. It's Drops Delight in color # 10. I dislike this sock yarn. It might be lovely to knit a shawl with it, but never again socks. They still will be worn by me, socks are socks.
The next pair are going to be gifted. I loved knitting them. The yarn is lovely to work with, and I like it, that they did some kind of striping, and not too much pooling. I almost want to keep them for myself, but thankfully I knit them for smaller feet, so I HAVE to give them away.
The yarn I've used here is Wandering Cat Yarns Barn Cat in the color Summer Squash. Soft, and warm, but still with some nylon to make them more durable.
Next up are my handspun socks! Of course I love those! Spinning for socks is always a pleasure. I spun 3-ply yarn, 2 plies Ghost & Gremlins Falkland from SAG fiber club, and one ply undyed white merino. They are soft and warm too, and hopefully will hold up well.
The socks turned out different, which did not surprise me. I spun two skeins, one for each sock, with some time in between. When the time came for the second skein to be spun, I didn't quite remember how I prepared the fiber, meaning how many strips did I rip? I knew I did it different than the first one, but I didn't care.
I often use toe up sock patterns for handspun socks, to use up most of the yarn I have. This time I used Fleegle's toe -up no flap, no hassle sock design, and I have to say, it's the best fitting toe up sock I've knit so far. The heel looks weird, but fits so well. I definitely will use this design again.