Crikey, it really is all socks all the time round here at the moment. I wonder whether whatever I end up doing after my Masters is finally finished will leave me enough time and mental energy to work on something more taxing than socks?
For the moment I think I will have to be content with woolly footwear. Retaining my sanity whilst faced with a lot of stressful work is one of the (the?) main reason(s) I knit - it was when I was studying for my finals that I took up knitting again after a very long break because I needed something to take my mind off university and the knitting bug bit. Looking at things from that angle I think socks are the perfect knit for calming the mind - they are more gratifying (for me at least) to knit than a scarf (and a lace shawl I think would not be too relaxing even if it must be supremely gratifying), you don't have the worries associated with whether a sweater is going to fit, socks are very forgiving in terms of fit and if you end up with something you aren't quite satisfied with it's not too awful because the investment of time hasn't been too great, the last thing that an already unstable mind wants to contend with is the frustration of realising that a much coveted sweater that has eaten days of time in its creation is in actual fact not going to look as good as you thought.
Therefore, without further ado, I present to you my latest socks:
Lombard Street socks from Magknits
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Sunshine from Cnyttan Patterns
Clover Bamboo 2.5mm DPNs
These socks are a case in point, in some ways I am very pleased with them - the fit is excellent I am very pleased with the way the heels and toes came out (and with the picot edge - first time I've completed a pair with this detail), I love the yarn it suits the pattern brilliantly - BUT the colour, I loved it in the skein but on my feet I'm just not so sure about it, like I said though the investment of time has not been great and I have a wearable finished product (what's the point in being too vain about socks, very few people will see or pay much attention to them unless you want them to) so I will not let this bother me and move on to the next sock knitting adventure. By the way I would certainly knit this pattern again, very nice, exceptionally quick and worked excellently with this yarn (just not in yellow!).
The next sock knitting adventure is as previously mentioned Elfine's Socks using my new Piece of Beauty yarn, beyond that I have a couple more ideas up my sleeve for further socks. I hope no one is getting too bored yet?!