Back to basics
Not surprisingly, being gainfully employed really cuts into one's knitting time. I'm sure it's just a matter of readjusting. After all, I got plenty of knitting and crocheting done while working previous jobs.
Thanks to everyone who left such lovely comments about my Monkey socks! Y'all know how to make someone's day. I'm still completely enamored with them myself, although with the warm weather we've been having in north Texas, I haven't had a chance to wear them yet.
The Professor is up next in the sock rotation, and he expressed a desire for more socks made from the same "really soft yarn" that these socks are made from. So I pulled out a few skeins from my precious Fearless Fibers stash and let him make his choice.
This yarn is so beautiful that it doesn't need a lot of patterning to make it look great. Anyway, that's my excuse for being so uninspired with my pattern selection. These are the garter rib socks from Sensational Knitted Socks. I've made this pattern before. In fact, I used this pattern for the first socks I ever made. That's right, I'm reliving my First Time.
Knitting this pattern again is making me remember all the joy, frustration, and wonder involved I experienced with my first pair of socks. It's all coming back to me: learning how to wrestle with DPNs (which are still my preferred needles for sock knitting), turning a heel for the first time and finding it a revelation, discovering that I love Kitchener stitch, marveling at all the engineering involved with socks. Good times.
I am still planning a lace project too. It may require the purchase of some new needles, though. More swatching is required.