that is the question.
Seriously... blogging feels somehow redundant now that I have Ravelry. For those who have been living under a rock (or aren't really into the knitting thang...), Ravelry is essentially a huge knitting database. It is such a simple concept, but... wow.. it's just an amazing resource, and has bought together a HUGE amount of information. With the growth in members, the database is ever expanding, and it's such a huge time-sucking monster that I would be embarrassed if people knew how much actual time I spent logged on there. Anyway, blogging feels like I'm double dipping because all of my in-progress and finished-objects get listed at Ravelry, and I'm not sure if anyone reads here that doesn't have access to Ravelry... anyway...
Let me talk about socks. I love socks. I've been knitting lots of socks lately, most of which are secret knitting business, but trust me, there have been lots and they are all lovely! The 2 pairs I'm currently work on are Pomatomus and a generic sock pattern that I'm improvising. Pomatomus gave me a huge headache at the outset because I was doing an incorrect YO to a purl stitch - I was using the same yo used for sock short rows and it was causing the stitches to be too tight. It took a while to work out what I was doing wrong, but when I did, I found my groove and am now well into the second sock. It's a very cleverly constructed pattern, and looks fantastic in the colour and yarn I chose - Monster Knits BFL Ultra sock in 'Blue Bamboo' .This second sock uses all the basic top down techniques, and I've added a picot cuff for interest. It is knit in Dyelicious sockyarn in the "paradise" colourway, and man it is BRIGHT! The yarn screamed for something simple, so I think this works..
And I think I have found a solution to the sock-blocking issue! As most sock knitters know, sock blockers are hard to come by, and when they are found, they can be quite expensive. I now have 2 pairs. One made with a pair of wire coathangers, and the second cut out of a chopping mat that I bought from k-mart. Crude but effective!