Along with cleaning out and organizing the craft-yarn room this year, part of my new year’s knitting resolution was to try new knitting techniques or patterns I’d never used before. While scarves are great, I didn’t want to spend the year stash-busting and end up with 50 new scarves. Figured I’d be bored to death by December if I did that.
So, the last two weeks, I’ve been working on a pair of toe-up socks. I’ve knit three pair of socks before now, but each of those has been cuff-down, miles and miles of stockinette. With a little help from the YouTube videos by VeryPinkKnits, I’m well on my way to finishing this pair in just under two weeks (plenty of travel knitting time helped the process along…).
Alice sent me two skeins of yarn in a box of goodies she shipped up here, so I decided to go ahead and work these socks up with that yarn. Amazingly, it’s mid-March and that’s the first yarn that’s been ADDED to the stash since Jan 1 (remember, I can accepts gifts of yarn, but cannot buy any myself).
Despite the yarn diet, I did manage to make it into one yarn shop while we were in Salt Lake City. I bought two skeins of yarn there, and promptly gave them to Adam’s mom. Hopefully she’ll be able to find some good video tutorials out there to get her started. The skeins were some beautiful Malabrigo, bought at Blazing Needles. The shop was so cute – it was in a cool old house that used to be a therapist’s office. If you get out to SLC, definitely visit their shop.
I’m just a little above the toe on the second sock, so I’m going to get back to work on that, since my Spring Break knitting time is quickly winding down.
What has everyone else been working on?