Joe has hand knit socks! I haven't knit him a pair of socks in several years, mostly because he wants BORING stuff like solid gray or solid black, and I'm a color girl. But also because I was just too busy knitting other things- shop samples, socks for me. But now I'm even choosing another color for him because he has decided that he will wear more interesting colors (within reason) if that means he gets hand knit socks.
Now, I don't think that this color of Trekking XXL (520) qualifies as one of the most interesting knits I've done, but it wasn't boring, and I certainly would do another like it in the future. So now I'm thinking this or this (Steelers colors would be a hit).
See what a different needle size (gauge) makes in how a variegated yarn's color ends up in the knitted fabric? I used US 1.5 needles on the legs, and went down to US 1 needles for the foot. For the leg, the color swirled around, almost in stripes (someone told me it looks like shale). But on the foot, there are more flowing chunks of color. Two completely different looks from one ball of yarn, only b/c of gauge and two stitches less on the foot than the leg. It's a good bit of knowlege to have- if you don't like how the color is laying in your socks, just going up or down a have size needle or adding two stitches can make a big difference!
I'm proud that I've completed two projects already in the first month of the year! I've realized that I do so much more knitting when I knit what I want, when I want, and don't try and knit things just because I need a shop sample in it, or because someone else wants something. I may be knitting perfectly wonderful things, but if that's not what my heart is into at the moment, it just happens at a much slower pace.
Speaking of slower pace... please be a bit patient with us this week, as these far-below zero temps are slowing up us (when we can even get our cars to start!) and USPS. So many shops/businesses/services are closed here until Thursday b/c of the temperature and snow that we aren't able to be as speedy as usual. It's been an interesting three weeks- keeping fingers crossed for more normal winter weather. Sick of breaking records here in NE Indiana!