As soon as my Betty Mouat Cowl was off my needles (I never did get around to finished photos... hey ho!), I knew it was time for another pair of socks. I have a few family members who have expressed an interest in hand-knitted socks, and I've been sitting on their measurements for some time now. So back at the start of February I cast on my next pair of Rachel Coopey socks, Reginald from her book, A Knitted Sock Society.
I've been slightly side-tracked by a hat, and some simpler knitting, but progress has been steady. I'm now about half-way down the leg of the second sock. Sadly, my alert on my phone warned me this morning that the recipient's birthday is now only a week away, so I doubt very much that they will get done in time. I'm pretty sure that she will just be delighted that they are on their way after all this time, so I shan't be pulling any all-nighters to try to get them done in time! (Loving the pattern as always with Rachel's designs.)
You'll see that I'm making my Reginalds using some KnitPro Karbonz double-pointed needles. The kind people at KnitPro sent me a set of double-points to review, and I've been really enjoying using them. Up to now I've been pretty monogamous with my KnitPro Symphonie double-points - they have seen me through from when I first started knitting socks! However, these days I worry more about one of the kids getting on the sofa and bouncing on them. The Symphonies would be unlikely to survive a serious jump, so I was delighted to try out these space-age carbon fibre needles. The shaft of the needle is carbon fibre and the tip is nickel-plated brass, and I must admit that I was unsure as to how I would find the join between the two materials. I'm pleased to report that it hasn't bothered me at all! You can certainly feel the difference over the join, but for knitting socks with a smooth sock yarn it hasn't slowed me down or been irritating. And I'm certain that if the little ones take an interest in my knitting bag, or it gets caught in the middle of a rough game, they won't get broken. Result!
I have another pair of socks on my needles at the moment...
These are a pair of plain vanilla socks, using the skein of Entwist that I purchased from Skein Queen at Unravel. I'm utterly amazed at how quickly my two yarn purchases from Unravel are getting knitted up! I almost never manage that! I think it's to do with the fact that I've done so much destashing recently. I've been trying to clear the decks and do all those projects that I've been meaning to cast on for years. So when I have bought yarn, it's been to use straight away.
I always find it useful to have something on the go that requires really no thinking about. I can simply pick these up and work without even having to look at what I'm doing. And I'm absolutely adoring the yarn. Debbie is such a brilliant dyer - the colours are like little jewels and I'm always just knitting a few more stitches to see what will appear next!
Thank you all so much for your kind words, favourites and tweets about my latest pattern. My pompon from Toft arrived this morning, and I've instantly tied it onto my Lullington hat. In stark contrast to Jesse's wonderful photos from Tuesday, this is a terrible self-portrait with my phone. I've been told I look like I'm auditioning for The Blair Witch Project...
Finally for today, keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for a pair of sock patterns with a spiralling design.