As I have mentioned before, I am not a big fan of winter weather. And the last two weeks have reminded me why, with a cold snap of temperatures in the minus forties, before the windchill. Top that off with a couple of power outages that shut down the fan on the furnace, and you have one cold, cranky woman on your hands. However, this nastiness has given me an excuse to wear all my little self-indulgent socks that I've been knitting.
Now, I knit a lot of socks. There is always a sock-in-progress in my purse, for those moments when I am waiting in line, sitting in a coffee shop, or stuck in traffic. There is usually a half-knit sock on the coffee table, too. But do I personally have a large collection of hand-knit socks? Of course not! I don't really know where all those socks I knit go--kids, Steve's sock drawer, friends, I suppose--but sometime last winter, I realized that I had only 1 pair of my own knit socks, and they were looking pretty threadbare.
So on my travels over the spring and summer, I collected a few little skeins of, shall we say, indulgent sock yarns. Alpaca blends, silk blends, superwash Merino--handpainted and luxurious. Mmm, mmm, mmm. And then I used the hours in airports, on airplanes, and in the passenger seat to actually use these yummy yarns. I made myself some socks.
First, the alpaca blend. Handpainted yarn from Alpaca Plus, 60% alpaca, 20% wool, 20% nylon. The knitting was done in May and June, mostly on planes while I did my little stint in the US. These socks did sit in a drawer for a couple of months, but I'm wearing them now! They are warm and have developed a slight halo from the alpaca that makes them feel super soft.
The next pair I knit were a Merino/silk blend from Red Fish Dyeworks. The four-ply yarn was a little on the heavy end for socks, and a little dear with 5 skeins costing about $85, but I wanted the colors together. I do have enough for about 2 more pairs of socks, so the cost will even out when I get those guys knit. I knit these during Fibre Week and into early August, using my basic sock formula and a simple Fair Isle pattern. I must admit that these are my current favorites--the combination of the silk and the bright colors make me happy every time I put them on.