My sock yarn arrived yesterday. It's quite a lot. In fact, this pretty much doubled my, albeit small, stash. I'm not sure if I'm having buyers´ remorse or what - but I think we can all agree that I lost my senses a bit.
OK, I don't want to say that I have remorse. Rather, I'm a bit startled by how obsessed I got. I felt truly juiced up. I haven't been that way in years, maybe not since I was way too into the Smurfs. My dad still teases me about the Smurfs.
I need to be more careful next time. I should have taken a deep breath to pull myself out of the frenzy of the moment. I don't regret it because I know that I'll have fun making all these socks, and I won't buy any more yarn until I work my way through the stash. Still. Next time: breathe.
In more sock news...
Dreamsicle is coming along, but I think the toe is too pointy.
In case you were wondering, those are my shoes and the sock is for me. For disclosure, and also so that you don't freak out when you see the finished product: I'm only 5'1" if I stand up really straight, and I wear US 4.5 (Euro 34) shoes, sometimes smaller. I know! I sometimes wonder how I support myself with such widdle stubs. I joke, but finding shoes that fit is a total nightmare. I got these Chuck's at a kids store. Shhh.
For those looking to branch into the magic loop technique, I'm following two tutorials at once: Toe-Up Socks on One Circular Needle from Silver's Sock Class and Knitting Basic Toe-Up Socks Using the "Magic Loop" Circular Method by Barb. I find that it helps to read two "voices" when learning something new in case I don't understand something. It's not easy learning this stuff without someone there to show you, but I promise you that it's possible to learn even really complicated things by reading online tutorials. Just check multiple sources.
You'll also notice that I'm only working on one sock. What Silver says at the beginning of her tutorial is so true - you really need at least a 40" chord on your circular needles, and you really do need good quality needles at that. I started with a set of cheepies that I picked up from the shop around the corner, and the cable was way too short for two socks and arguably too short for one. Also the join was so wonky that I was having trouble sliding the stitches on and off the needles. I was beginning to wonder why the magic loop is so great. Then I got my new needles, and it all became clear. This is far less fidgety than working with double pointed needles. I'm sold.
I'm off to Costa Rica manana, so I'll see all you chicas and chicos when I get back after Easter. I promise to bring back many sock portraits.
Hasta luego! Namaste.