Tuesday, May 8, 2007

So I guess I should be working on Sockapalooza. . . .

But I'm not. The pattern choice is not coming easy since my pal has already knit the one I had my heart set on making. A trip to Barnes and Nobles tomorrow should clear that all up. Yes, I'm buying a knitting book.(Sensational Knitted Socks, I think) It will only be my 3rd knitting book in 4 years of knitting but its seems like the right thing to do. I want my sock pal to be happy, and I also want to be happy.(Instead of frustrated as I am when I think of designing my own sock pattern) Sockapalooza is about fun NOT stress and the free patterns just aren't doing it for me.
That said, I have just cast on for a sweater for myself. #10 from Vogue knitting spring/summer '07 out of the turquoise yarn. I have been scheming and designing for the yarn but today I am going to knit with it. Hopefully it'll be something I'll wear. I have such bad luck with that.
Which brings me to my last point. I finished the tank that was destined for the sheep and wool last night and its too.short. I just got so tired of stockinette stitch that I shortened it a whole inch. I'm kicking myself now. There is some good news though. I did a seed stitch neckline and it looks beautiful.
Pics sometime this week and all about the sheep and wool!

6 comments:

Mithranstar said...

It's difficult to know what to knit, especially if your pal doesn't have a blog. I can highly reccomend "Knitting Vintage Socks" and "Knitting on the Road", both by Nancy Bush - they have some lovely patterns in them and have very clear instructions.

Good luck finding your chosen pattern!

Mithranstar x

Di said...

I was going to suggest Knitting Vintage Socks too!
Sensational Knitted Socks has some great variety too, for varying skill levels.
Have fun deciding what to knit- I often find that's the hardest part...

Shannah said...

I'm with both Mithranstar and Di, Knitting Vintage Socks has been on my favorites list for quite a while.

But there are also wonderful patterns at knitty.com that are totally free. Just search by socks. I'm sure you know this, but I love them. I've also found a couple of sock pattern directories here and here.

Happy sock browsing!

Jamie said...

I agree with the Nancy Bush books, but I am recently loving "Favorite Socks" by Interweave Press. It is a collection of the best patterns from the last 10 years of Interweave Knits. Gold!

Chelsea said...

I am waiting for the IK Favorite socks and Sensational knitted socks to arrive before I make a decision. My pal is making the socks for her pal that I was thinking about making for her! I think deciding on a pattern is the hardest part.

SecretSockPal said...

I love Sensational Knitted Socks because the patterns are so flexible. My sock pal's preferences made one of the yarns I had in my stash seem like the obvious choice, so I picked a pattern around that.