I fell in love with Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn and for the fourth month running I have used a skein of this yarn for my socks. It is a bright deep green with the name 'shady verdant'. It is semi-solid, which I like more than solid colours.
I really liked my Ensign's braid sock back in March and enough time had passed to forget the tediousness of a complex cable pattern, so I went ahead and looked for another cable. I set eyes on a Celtic cable and although it is wide, it is not too wide for a sock. I found the pattern for the Celtic cable in my trusted stitch library, which I have used a few times this year.
Although there are more crossing overs for the Celtic cable than there were for the Ensign's braid, I found it less tiresome to knit. I was quite worried about life last March due to my unemployment and my thoughts kept wandering off, with a disastrous effect on the braid knitting. By December I was working again (albeit in a temporary position) and life seemed more cheerful. I knitted these socks up in no time at all and I am pleased with the result. It was difficult to get a good photo of the braid, and I had to settle for one where the colour is no true. I just love the way the braid bands weave in and out and around each other, don't you?
As always, the pattern can be found on the sock pattern page. Also, if you want to find out why I am designing sock patterns you should read this post.
I have quite a lot of leftover sock yarn and will make a blanket with it. It is a long term project because I don't quite have enough yarn. If you have any sock yarn remnants that are not enough for a whole project and would like to donate it, I would make good use of it. Please let me know!
I hope the new year has started ok for everybody. I undecorated the house today, with the exception of the star fairy lights in the window. The living room feels large once more and it is nice not to step on needles, or find chewed up tree decorations. Jack by the way has been a very good puppy and only chewed a few crochet baubles and 3 small clip on birds. The tree remained standing for the duration. We continue to be lazy but we managed to round everybody up today to go for a walk together. Just two more days of the holiday left now...
Have a lovely weekend. Cx