I've documented the only moderately interesting story behind these socks on instagram previously, so I won't bore you with a detailed version. In short, I ordered this yarn online to make socks for Nicholas, but one sock in, we decided it wasn't a good fit for "manly socks" and so the plans changed.
Yes, that sounds like a lot of work for nothing, and I was bummed for a bit. However, since we were traveling when the realization struck, and I hadn't brought any other projects with me, I decided to cast on a familiar pattern: another pair of Late Night Socks, in a short version, for myself. If we had been home, I would have set the yarn aside and worked on something else, but this was the only project I brought with on our trip (and I simply must knit when we travel). So the impromptu selfish socks were borne.
I knit them quickly, since this was my second time through the pattern and self-patterning yarn basically knits itself (just one more color before bed, okay, just one more color before bed, etc.). And turns out, I'm not mad to have spent hours knitting the first sock. For one, I got to trial a new pattern and that helped me realize what I'd modify next time. We realized I knit the first sock a bit too large (I've included a picture below so you can see just how big it is compared to my socks!), so I'll size down, and they were fun to knit, since the yarn is inherently fun.
Now that the impromptu socks are finished, I'm pleased as can be. And I've already cast on his replacement socks, in a lovely, manly navy.
Yarn: Cascade heritage prints in 37 Boston
Pattern: Late Night Socks, size medium (free pattern)
Needles: size 0 dpn (my first time knitting with size 0; I love them)
Specifics/modifications: Knit as short socks, for more details, see my Ravelry project page
P.S.— In other knitting news, here is #whatsonmyneedles :
Olive green: Mae sweater (as a KAL with my friend Maeve! For updates, we're using #andreaandmaeveknitsweaters
Blue colorwork: Glacier Park cowl (as a KAL with my friend Molly. She finished her's and it's stunning! For updates, we're using #glacierparkKAL
Navy: new vanilla socks (again, using the Late Night Socks pattern) for Nicholas
I love baking. I truly do. The difference between a bad afternoon and a good one can be as simple as a baked good. I love the slow process, the premonition of preheating the oven, sometimes playing around with different flavors. My favorites are your typical "home bakes," nothing couture. Cakes, cookies, brownies, etc., are all my go-to baked goods to make in my own kitchen.
Some projects come along at just the right moment, and this shawl is one of them. After several rather hectic months, I wanted to get back into the rhythm of knitting, but wanted a fun, low-pressure, but still creatively inspiring project. I love knitting socks, but I wanted to knit something with more colorplay and this shawl was just the thing.
It's that time of the year when typically, as a born-and-raised Northerner, I'd be yearning for spring. That yearning isn't quite so pronounced here in Austin, but nonetheless, February is a month of almosts. Winter is almost over, spring is almost here, etc. And so it has been timely for me to indulge in a few self-care practices (and treats) while we're living in the almosts.