Knitting Kris's comment about knitting her a pair of Digitessas got me thinking. Maybe I could post an ad on Ravelry, like "Will knit Digitessa's for free Wollmeise!" Sadly, at the rate things are going, this may be the only avenue open to me to ever own some of Claudia's yarn.
I've just the cuffs left on both Digitessas, but am taking it slow. The row after row of p1/twisted k1 of the cuffs caused one of the worst flareups of tendonitis I've ever experienced when I plowed through my first pair. As soon as I felt an inkling of a twinge last night, I quickly switched the socks out with the Sunshine and Shadows shawl. It's was a touch choice, though, because my discipline to keep only two socks on needles at a time is stopping me from doing what I really want, and that is to try a new sock pattern.
My inner martinet is telling me I should focus on finishing my Herbed Carrots. The problem is, I'm kinda hating on this sock at the moment.
It's not the socks fault, really. The process knitter in me won out last week when I knit up the picot edge. The last time I knit a picot edge was about five years ago, in my first year or two of knitting. I never liked the way picot edges bunch, but after seeing this cuff on sock after sock on blogs I read, I thought it would be the perfect accent on my simple stockinette socks.
The regret was instaneous. But I'm stubborn, if I'm anything, and I slogged through.
I took a look at the bindoff methods in my copies of Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and Katherine Buss's Big Book of Knitting and promptly ignored them. I had a vague recollection of how I had done it in the past, which was doing a basic bind off and then seaming the edge to the sock. That seemed much less fussy than what amounts to a three needle bindoff method in the books.
When I ran out of yarn 3/4 of the way through the bind off, I reflected on what I was doing. I decided to abandon the easy way and actually learn the new technique. I mastered it quickly, as it is very simple. Yet, any pride of accomplishment I should have felt was overrun by the ball of hate growing with every bound off stitch. Along with stubborn, I am also a big old, stupid baby.
I haven't been all that interested in starting the second sock. Still being good, all I've been doing is ogling sock patterns on blogs and ravelry. I do think I've found one that is free, Eunny Jang's Bayerische. Tanja Murray has conveniently converted the pattern (ravelry link) to toe up, too!
The other two I would love to knit, the Embossed Leaf sock and Nancy Bush's Chalet Socks, require moulah. After purchasing all new needles recently, I'm not yet in the mood to open up my pocketbook. Maybe in a few weeks. A local LYS has had some fabulous Dream in Color Smooshy yarn in that I am dying to try. They might have either one of the patterns, too.