It's quite wonderful how my week's hoodie holiday has reminded me how much I enjoy sock knitting. If you could see my bulging sock drawers and those of my nearest and dearest you might think that it was high time for me to move on to other projects but there's just something so satisfying about a sock. From the most simple pattern to the most complex, from sober shades to minced clown, from luxury fibres to sensible and hardwearing, I never seem to tire of them.
Here is my latest plain commuting sock. It's J Knits merino and nylon in a shade called Reno. I've had it in my stash a few years and came across it the other day while I was rummaging for something else. It has made me resolve to explore the outer reaches of my stash more often as, along with countless other knitters of my acquaintance I am resolved to place some control on my yarn acquisition this year. I can hear you sniggering but in truth while I was rummaging I realised that I've got some gorgeous yarn in my stash that needs to be enjoyed!
I've also started working on the December offering from the Yarn Yard Sock Club. Inspired by an array of jars of jam the colours are warm and vibrant. I've started these socks from the toe up,using some of the things I learned from Lucy Neatby I am planning to put a lace pattern in the leg just to stir the colours up a bit.
For some time I have been thinking about what to knit with the merino tencel that I started work on during my holidays in Italy in September. Having seen a lovely version of Veronik Avery's Lace Ribbon Scarf from last Spring's Knitty. I decided that it would be just right to show off the colours and drape of this yarn. The colours remind me of the haze over the valley that I could see from the villa's terrace while I was spinning so I have called this scarf Santa Cristina , the name of the small village I was staying in.
Here is a more detailed image of the stitch pattern which will open up a great deal on blocking I am sure.
I have another small skein hanging up drying after setting and more singles on my spindle. This project is likely to move along in fits and starts over the coming months but it is very satisfying to do a little spinning, a little plying and then a little knitting. If I want a change from one process I can just move on to the other.
Working on this project I can sit and imagine that I am still a traveller sitting on a sunny terrace in the Italian hills. A perfect place for my mind to wander on this grey January day.