Pattern: Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock
Yarn: Zenitude Raye Self Striping Sock Yarn, in If You Think You Can, You Can!
Needles: 2.75mm (US 2) 9 inch circulars. The only way I enjoy knitting socks is on the tiny circs. Have you guys ever tried the small circulars before? They aren’t for everyone, but they are worth trying. I love them.
Notes: This was my first time using a self striping yarn, and I loved this yarn- the colours were beautiful. I loved the gold and turquoise, it was the kind of colourway that made knitting a super simple sock so very enjoyable. Except for the toe pocket…. now, you guys know I’m not a big sock knitter, and I’ll tell you why- I have wide toes. Not freakish hobbit feet (well, a little hobbit-esque, not that you can tell since I’m wearing socks and they are containing my weird feet in all these photos). But most toe pockets are just not made for us wide-toed people, and I find that it just doesn’t work for me. It’s not really obvious in the photos due to the magic of aggressive wet blocking- it hides a world of knit woes. There’s nothing wrong with the pattern, but I feel like I need to do some research on other types of toe pockets that will better fit my wide toes. Since the great moth devastation of 2013, all my hand knit socks are gone, so it’s time to rebuild.
This series of photos is the beginning of Guy and I working on trying to take really good indoor photos. It’s dark by the time I leave the office, which only leaves weekends for photos. And as much as I love my home, there are no big windows letting in loads of natural light, which poses it’s own set of challenges. I think it’s worth persevering even though it feels a lot more staged, because it’s nice to have a photo shoot where I’m basically just lounging around in bed rather than bundled up for the deep freeze sort of winter that we’ve been having here lately. Even if it did mean I had to shave my legs for the photos (hey, it’s winter- I get lazy). A normal FO photo shoot would be us running around outside for ten minutes snapping as many as possible and then sorting out the good, the bad, and the ugly once we can see them on a laptop.
Oh, and you guys remember the cardigan I’m wearing, right? I still love it. Probably as much as I’ll still be loving these socks a couple years from now, too.