|Officially in the garden next door but it also blesses my garden!|
From the above you will deduce that socks won over cross stitch and DG and I wended our way to the retail park yesterday late morning. He needed some card too or I would probably never had persuaded him to come! It took ages to find a basic pattern: there were fancy sock patterns galore, in expensive books that seemed to assume that you knew all the tricks of the trade, so to speak, but I had to ask a nice shop assistant who was sitting at a desk (knitting pretty little bootees - the assistant, not the desk!) to help me in the end as I was getting nowhere and DG was getting a bit fed up. Armed with pattern (also bloomin' expensive) I looked for yarn and plumped for some 'designer' yarn from Italy, supposedly by Kaffe Fasset. Yeah, sure! However, it was his colours - blues, purples and greens that look rather lovely when knitted up. The effect is stripey, of course. Expensively stripey though! In fact, I'm a bit horrified when I consider quite how expensive these socks are but never mind. Learning a new skill is never to be sniffed at, even if it is something as ridiculously unnecessary as knitting socks!! And I did use what was left from some gift vouchers too.
I'm not so sure about the heel pattern. Yes, it works, but I'm sure there's a different way to do it that could be a lot simpler, and maybe that's where Annabeth's fifth needle comes in (see yesterday's comments). When I've finished this sock and its sister, I will do a bit of experimenting, I think, and see. Or perhaps I will wander down to Hobbycraft again and browse in those expensive sock books for inspiration. For now I have enough to do. There's a lorra knitting in a sock when using 4 ply yarn and I've just discovered I am a stitch short and I can't for the life of me see where it's gone.