todays photo shoot scene was the duck pond outside my faculty.
i could have just sat here all day really, the sun is shining and there is a cool south westerly coming off the mountains. its supposed to be warm today, but there is a slight autumn edge to the colour of the air and the temperature of the breeze. the ground is still mushy from all the rain but the water in the pond is nice and clear. perfect sock knitting conditions really.
as promised, i was very self-willed and decided to just cast on the socks in the yarn that i most wanted to work with, the spud and chloe wool/silk.
i always intended these to be long socks, and i have gone with the nancy bush ‘evening stockings for a young lady‘ from knitting vintage socks (favourite sock book ever). i dont have enough yardage to make VERY long socks, so im going for somewhere up near the top of my calf. its not like i have long legs or anything.
this is such a well designed pattern, that even with changing the stick size and stitch count to ensure they were roomy enough, i can follow along in principle. it calls for many infrequent decreases along the back of the calf, but given the shape of my legs, ive done a few quicker decreases (every 5 rounds) and will now just decrease every 10 rounds until i get to the ankle.
it looks good doesnt it, so very clever! knitting these socks has made me dissatisifed with the boy socks i am knitting for T.
he might not get a new jumper this year but he should at least get a couple of pairs of socks. these are good for car or social knitting, but they are just too boring for other times. also, ive realised i prefer top down on DPNs. magic loop toe up has advantages but im just more comfortable the other way, and i feel like the socks move faster. do you have a preference?
i also decided T was finally worthy of some serious sock yarn. he has a few in that regia, and some patonyle and heirloom, its time to take things up a notch. plus, i want to knit the wollmeise! so im thinking the gentlemans fancy socks in this gorgeous blue.
the colour is labelled as a ‘not perfect’ but i think its ‘midnight’. im not sure about the pattern, im looking for good solid mens socks that arent just rib, with a bit of texture, but not too hard. suggestions welcome.
the ducks had nothing of any value to offer in that regard, and were slightly miffed i didnt feed them.
im slightly miffed that im back inside my office and not sitting out there still.