Because here comes a fiber-y update. OK, that was poor.
Over a year ago, I let each of my kids pick a sock pattern that I would knit for them. My daughter (now 10 years old) chose these (“Two Alert Cats” from Cat Bordhi’s book, “Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles”). It seemed challenging, and I was determined to knit them. It took about 8 starts, but I finally got the hang of knitting intarsia in the round. I swear, I probably knit the cats (oh yes, there are two) on that first sock enough times to have made at least 4 other socks. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway), that the second sock was a breeze.
I am so happy that I accomplished this, and boy was I glad to move on! I made my own sock blockers by cutting a 1″ thick foam (the type that’s used as playroom jigsaw flooring).
I also recently lengthened my son’s socks (“Simple Socks in Three Sizes”, also by Cat Bordhi, same book). By the time I had finished them the first time, they just fit. And now, having just lengthened them by more than an inch, they only just fit again. Time for new socks.
I’m working on something for myself now. Here’s a sneak peak. It’s a pattern I’ve been dying to do for several years now and my mom bought me the yarn as a gift a few years ago. It’s great to be working with Noro again!