A Cozy Pair for a Rainy Day

It’s been a while (two weeks I’ve been informed) since I’ve shared any knitting adventures. Part of the absence was due to my hectic schedule. I’m happy to say, that I’m officially finished my Master’s degree. Just waiting on marks to confirm that I am indeed a Master of Information! (Not that I have any worries, but it seems in poor taste to be flaunting around a title that hasn’t quite been confirmed yet).

In the mean time it seems as though I’m busier than ever with short term job that I’m doing. No complaints, but that, coupled with the beautiful biking weather, has meant that knitting has taken a hit. However, I did manage to finish my ZigZag socks.

So cozy
Despite the fact they are definitely a winter sock (stranded with alpaca = warm and cozy), I LOVE them. I wish I had more. I wish I had a pair in every colour I can think. That’s how much I love them. They were a treat to knit. I never got the dreaded “are these never going to end” feeling. In truth I’m a little sad that I’m finished knitting them they were that fun!

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Alpaca Sox yarn. It split very easily, and my affinity for very pointy needles wasn’t a very good combination. Other than that I couldn’t be happier!

In other knitting news, I’ve finally cast on the second sleeve of my Aidez sweater. It’s been neglected for far too long, but I’m committed to finishing it up. The 3″ ribbed cuff was really holding me back, but now that I’ve finished it, should be smooth sailing from here on out!

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ZigZag in Pink

I may be a little addicted to this sock pattern. It’s my first foray into stranded socks and it’s such a treat to knit! So far I’ve made some real progress on the first sock. Here are a few updated shots.

Shot of the finished product from the source.
It was love at first sight. This is a shot of the pattern from Interweave Winter 2010. I couldn’t resist their fuzzy warmth and the contrast of the subdued grey and vibrant pink and red.

So Far So Good
My progress so far. It’s been a while since I made socks from the top down. I didn’t realize how much I do love the process of making the heel and picking up all the gusset stitches. I especially like the garter ridge framing the slip stitch heel. I think it makes for a clean-looking gusset.

Colour Confusion

It seems that I just can’t stick to one project. I currently have three  on the go, not counting the pair of socks that I have abandoned to the bottom of my knitting bag (Don’t worry Leyburn socks, you’ll be resurrected on day). The latest project is another pair of socks; Pinked by Judy Alexander.

I had a bit of an initial setback when starting out. What initially attracted me to the pattern was the striking combination of the pink and grey colour choice, so I picked up what I thought were the colours suggested in the pattern. (I know it’s okay to change it up and do what suits me, but I’m a bit of a sucker for following the “rules” at times). The yarn label for the MC (main colour) was missing, so I couldn’t verify it was in fact “Ash”. Not to be discouraged, I cast on and started knitting. Only to discover that the MC was identical to a colour in the variegation of the CC (contrast colour), causing the stripes to be lost. Not being able to deny the error any longer, I stopped knitting the socks and picked up the “right” MC.

Here’s the two versions. The top has the darker MC. The bottom is what I was expecting.
MC ??MC Ash

They yarn is mostly alpaca, so they’ll be super warm. The perfect cozy winter socks! I realize that I probably should be making some that I might be able to wear in the upcoming seasons, but I just couldn’t say no to this pattern!

ZigZag Socks