O.K. there will be a lot of pictures today.
My April socks were requested by Hannah for her boyfriend Sam. They were going camping over the Easter weekend. So I had to knit like the wind, and get them mailed asap. I didn't want to be slowed down by looking at charts etc. and opted for plain socks, were I could just knit. I did look through my sock books to find a pair suitable for men, but I didn't find anything I really liked. I also don't know Hannah's boyfriend personally. So what do you knit for somebody you don't know? The color grey always seems right I think, and since he's an Artist, I thought he would not mind some orange stripes as well.
For me not to get bored I've added a seed stitch panel on the sides of the socks. These and looking forward to the stripes kept me entertained, and going. I don't know why but they flew off my needles.
Needless to say, the socks arrived in Australia on time, with time to spare. I wish I could have kept them for myself, I'm just smitten with those orange stripes, but I can always knit myself another pair. Although I doubt, that I will knit exactly the same pair twice.
BTW- this was his first warm pair of handknit socks. Don't imagine he'll need that many in Australia. But if he does, I'll gladly knit some more.
pattern: just made it up as I knit
yarn: grey: Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock Solid, first time I've used this yarn for socks, and I loved knitting with it. No idea yet how it will hold up, but I'm definitely going to use it again.
orange left over : Wandering Cat Yarns
size: mens 10 1/2
start-finish: April 4-6
Here's April's handspun yarn. Measuring months by what I've spun, seems to make them go by so quickly!
Happy kept jumping into one of the trees we've planted last summer. Headfirst on his hind legs, he would stick his nose into it. I did suspect something birdy in there, so I looked and found a Robin's nest with those lovely Robin blue eggs in it. I'm trying to keep him from going there, every chance he'll get, but he's very persistent.
I must say, my boys have developed into real Jackass bird hater! Denny started it. Happy never minded them before, but now they chase everything with feathers off the property with a vengeance. They have lots to do, since we have Cardinals, Crackles, Robins nesting in our garden, and probably something else too. The other day there was a Mallard in our pool, and the boys freaked out. I thought this duck would be dinner. He never came back, smart boy.