This week has been a killer week for both the Munchkin and I. We're dealing with getting back into school mode, establishing new routines, and for the kiddo - a more concentrated workload. It's exhausting us both out and as a result I haven't been able to knit as much as I would like to and not much sewing (if any!) has happened yet this week. I've been spending a lot of time at the school, curious as to how the Munchkin is responding to activities that don't involve playing (like practicing "math" and writing) and that are a bit more structured (like actually sitting at a table and working). I always bring my knitting with me, of course, but find that the kids get overly curious and distracted whenever I do whip out my socks to knit on. I have been attempting to knit after the Munchkin goes to bed, but realized last night that I've been making mistakes left and right due to being overly tired - which can be a little on the frustrating side considering that these socks are a basic plain vanilla sock.
I also realized that I haven't done a proper post about these socks yet! Yikes! I'm sure a lot of you already know about them, but for those who don't follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, let me introduce to you my Hudson socks! Check out the yummy yarn before it started its transformation into the fabulous socks that they're about to become:
Utterly awesome, right? Now this skein was dyed by my friend Em, formerly known as Everything Old, and is now EmmaKnits (read her post here about her changes and why). This colourway is called Canadiana, and is inspired by those famous and well-known Hudson Bay blankets. Em had cleverly concocted a scheme so that you can either knit yourself a pair of socks where those famous stripes will end up on the leg of each sock, or a scarf and have the stripes on both ends. Just like the blanket!! So, so cool.
I bought this skein at the first Knit City in Vancouver and had been too nervous to knit it up. Why? I have no clue. I'm weird like that. But then last month I had an obsessive itch to dig out the skein and cast on a pair of socks. So here we are. Sadly, Em no longer dyes yarn. BUT don't fret. For those of you who want a skein to call their very own, Em had given the rights to this colourway to another dyer. Yay!! So if you desperately need to add a skein of this fun yarn to your stash, head on over to Fishknits Yarn's Etsy shop here and snag a skein while you can. Do me a favour and tell Jo that I sent you!
Ok, so the socks. Here's how they're looking so far:
A part of me is wishing that I had made the leg taller, almost 80s tube sock knee high style, but I'll most likely get more wear out of these in my usual sock height. To ensure that all 4 coloured stripes are included in the leg and not part of the 2x2 ribbed cuff, I made these top down. I haven't properly established a trusty top down plain vanilla sock recipe just yet, as I usually knit all my plain vanilla socks from the toe up. Some of you might ask "is there a difference?", and to me, there is (which I'll explain in a different post). So I'm using these socks as my guinea pigs. I think it's going well. I have to admit that I'm a little annoyed that it's taking me somewhat longer than usual to whip these bad boys up, but have come to the conclusion this morning (after ripping out my heel for the fourth time) that I'm no longer a product knitter and am now a downright process knitter. Or maybe it's because this is a plain sock in a fairly light colour, and so any and all mistakes will be that much more noticeable to me? Either way, I'm really hoping to get these off my needles before the week is over. I just need to stop ripping out the heels.
Or maybe I just need to stop knitting on them so late at night?
Meh. I guess you'll find out next week!