On the good news front – I finally finished the socks (more on those in this month’s FO post) I had been working on since July which opened up my sock needles/bag. Oddly, I’m really starting to use up my sock yarn (not really, but sock yarn that I want to be socks is getting low) and I was trying to decide what socks to cast on next. I went into my yarn room and this sock yarn that I bought on clearance at my LYS last year jumped out at me.
Now, I have many sock issues which I will detail in a future post. For my next pair I decided to do a little reading of my Sock Architecture book and hope it would help correct those issues. The yarn I chose is Indulgence 6-Ply by Knitting Fever which has been (very sadly) discontinued. A few of us bought skeins when they migrated over to the clearance area and two of my friends made baby sweaters (the Sprinkle from Juju’s Loops which is adorable!) It’s a heavier, DK, yarn as compared to usual fingering weight sock yarn. That made it the perfect choice because I wanted to try using 9 inch circulars. And, the 9 inch circs that I have are size 2. I usually knit my socks on 1’s and with the DK weight would have needed to use a larger size anyway.
I settled on the Arithmophobia socks from Sock Architecture which uses a short row heel with no stitches to pick up (I hate picking up stitches). I’ve heard mixed reviews on the 9 inch circs so I was anxious to dive in. Casting on is a bit of a pain because there is not much to hold on to and the first couple of rows are a little difficult but after that the sock practically knits itself!!! A couple of people at knit night said they do not like them because they lack the dexterity to manipulate the tiny needles and you do need to be able to work the tiny needles. I love circular needles but hate magic loop because I can’t deal with all that cable so this is really the perfect solution for me. I’ve never knit socks as fast as these are knitting up. Of course, it probably helps the yarn is a bit thicker too but I don’t care because I love these socks so much and I can’t wait to wear them!
What’s on my podcast playlist this weekend, you ask??? Well, I saw on Instagram that Vickie Howell had started a new podcast and she released three episodes last week. They are all interviews and they include Rachael Herron (whose book I had just read a few weeks ago), Clara Parks (who has been on numerous podcasts but this interview is completely different) and the CEO of Spoonflower which was also very interesting. She’s going to be releasing new episodes every Tuesday for six weeks so check that one out!
Another new one that I’ve been enjoying is Cultivate and Create. It’s hosted by Sarah, or Mrs. Shoo and I love her format. The episodes are usually about 20-30 minutes and she talks about something she wants, something she needs, something to wear and something to read so it’s a lot of fun in a short time. She’s on Episode 10 so it’s easy to catch up with her, especially if you want to some good book recommendations to go with your knitting.
I always feel badly that I don’t use iTunes because apparently Apple really wants pressures prodcasters to get reviews to increase their visibility. I have all Android and Windows products here so I figure I can at least give them a shout out here! Check them out and if you use iTunes leave them a review from me!