I've been gone for a minute, now I'm back with the jump off...
Actually I'm back with sock knitting. That's right sock knitting. Those of you who have read this blog in the past, and those of you who know me, will probably remember that I like to say "I knit. But never socks." Famous last words, I suppose, because I just taught myself to knit socks on two circular needles.
I've been working on the Waves of Lace cami and a slightly metro-sexual sweater for The Boyfriend since about Christmas time and neither of these projects is very conducive to social knitting. The Boyfriend's sweater was big and fairly bulky to lug around. Plus it's wool and I live in Texas. The Waves of Lace, like all lace, requires that I pay attention to what I'm doing.
When my Stitch N Bitch chicas get together on Sunday nights I find myself looking for a knitting project that's portable, quick, and that I can work on while enjoying a glass or two of wine and keeping up with the conversation. I've done a few hats that I'll never wear (again, I live in Texas), and my kitchen is fully supplied with handknit dish clothes.
Socks would fit the bill, but I don't knit socks. Or more correctly, I don't have the patience to deal with DPNs. I fumble them, I find them awkward, and when I've tried them in the past my knitting has either fallen off, or I've picked them up backwards and knit things insideout.
Socks on two circulars would solve the problem. And my friend and fellow stitcher Tracey of Yarn Unravelled and I have said more than once "we should take a class". She shares both my desire to knit socks and my intolerence of DPNs.
A few weeks back while finishing yet another dish cloth, I jumped online and checked the class shedule at our LYS. Seems Socks on Two Circulars will be taught while I'm away on vacation. Frustrated, I goggled "socks on two circulars" and I found a couple of videos by Cat Bordhi.
Turns out there's not much to it really. In fact it's down right simple.
I have a pretty healthy stash of sock yarn. That's correct, as long as I've been knitting and saying "never socks" I've also been stockpiling sock yarn. I've got no explanation other than to say I must be a little nuts. Harmless, and well mannered, but a little whack.
Another quick internet search, this time on Ravelry, and I was all set up with a plethora of simple sock patterns.
And now, I am well on my way to being a Sock Knitter.