I finished the hats. They were fast and easy, which meant that I was SO BORED by the end. I’m hoping never to make another one.
After I finished them I was able to dive into another pair of socks. I’m using some gorgeous Malabrigo from Ivy. She gave me a lot of sock yarn because she hadn’t knit socks in five years. As soon as she purged her yarn she started knitting socks again. Knitters are funny. I love this yarn. Malabrigo is smooshy and feels so good to knit with. I adore this colorway too.
The pattern I’m using is School Pick Up Line Socks by Lisa Beth Houchins. She also designed the Up All Night socks I recently finished that I could not stop knitting. I’m knitting them with size 1 needles instead of 1.5 needles, and I’m using my usual toe instead of the toe in the pattern.
I like this pattern because it is easy to memorize. I can pick them up and knit a row here or there. Meals currently last so long I can knit an entire repeat while the kids eat dinner. It is an easy pattern to drop mid row and pick up later without losing my place – for some reason my two year old doesn’t want to wait until I’m done with the row for me to help her.
I used to hate knitting the second sock of a pair. The excitement of seeing the pattern develop with the first sock was great, but the second sock seemed to drag. That has switched since my 5 year sock hiatus. I now love the second sock. I know exactly how far to go until I’ll be done. I like knowing that I have 8 repeats and a toe left.
I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to wrap this pair up this week. I think I’ll cast on a pair of striped socks next. I’ll also make sure I get some knitting done on my cardigan. What are you working on? Do you have a sock pattern you think I should check out?