Well it's a snowy day in May here in Minnesota. It's like mother nature is whispering, "Take it easy. Stay in. Knit." I don't really need the encouragement, as I rarely go out and about as it is... unless it is to the yarn shop, which I haven't ruled out as a possibility today.
Well, as I glance over the posts on the MWK homepage, I've noticed many of them are about knitting socks. For some, it is their first pair. Knitting socks must be contagious because I'm working on my first pair of socks as well. Actually, I did a pair of bedsocks a while back, but they weren't really genuine socks with a heell and all. I've been itching to do a real pair of socks for the longest time and am excited to finally get working on them.
I got the pattern free from Ravelry. They're called "Boyfriend Socks," as the designer had made them for her boyfriend. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boyfriend-socks
As a friar, I, of course, have no significant other to speak of, but I think they'd make the perfect gift for anyone's other-half. I chose to do this pattern because they reminded me of the Brethren Socks CraftyAndy had made, and I really loved the way the cables intertwined. I also liked how the pattern was toe-up - a new and fun technique to learn and probably the only way I'll ever make socks from here on out.
Right now I'm knitting the heel-flap, so the trickiest part is already behind me. It is my second project using the Magic Loop, which has revolutionized the way I think about knitting. I wish I had pictures to show, but, alas, the camera isn't working.There'll be photos when I'm done.
I think the snow has turned into rain now.