This month I have finished two socks, unfortunately they are not a pair though. The first to be finished is a very plain, "vanilla" sock in Four Seasons Grundl Hot Socks, a German self striping sock yarn. There is sometimes something wonderfully soothing about knitting a sock round and round, feeling the wool slipping between your fingers and watching the colours stripe themselves as the sock grows. I did a good bit of the foot of this sock on my way to and from Sussex on holiday, a plain sock is perfect train knitting.
Meanwhile the other sock, finished today, is at the other end of the scale, a gloriously complicated sock full of twisted stitches and cables, which I find equally, though differently, enjoyable. Sometimes it can be wonderful to focus and be present in the moment, following the instructions and transferring a chart on the page into 3-D reality. The pattern is a mystery knit-along from the designer Rachel Coopey, the first of her patterns I have knitted, although I have admired her work for a while. I was especially drawn to this pattern because it was inspired by the Brighton Pavilion, the most glorious confection of a building, to which we were often taken as children. Brighton is a place dear to my heart, so full of life and our nearest seaside.
Throughout knitting this sock I have enjoyed the challenges offered and the yarn, Toddy by The Yarn Yard, is a delight, bright and soft, making the twisted stitches "pop". I would definitely recommend pattern, designer and yarn; I have plans to try Rachel Coopey's Mixalot pattern using some of my sock leftovers. Once I have finished both second socks that is - I have the leg done of the second Pavilion sock and have begun the second sock plain sock.
Of course with a number of friends expecting babies I should be knitting baby gifts, but sock knitting has this way of taking over.