I finished a pair of socks. I'm in love with them.
They are the Baudelaire, a free pattern from Cookie A via Knitty.com. Yes, I am a timely knitter- these were published in 2006. I've been wanting to make them since they came out, but there are so many socks I want to make. So very many. I will get to them all eventually, and then I will demand that sock designers everywhere stop designing once I'm caught up.
The yarn is Skinny Bugga in "Rose Weevil" from Cephalopod Yarns. It's my favorite shade of red.
The pattern, although there is a lot going on with both cables and lace, is not terrible to work out. It's easy to memorize. While I couldn't really work it out after a glass of wine, the pattern pretty much flew along and I finished these in no time.
Speaking of a glass o'wine, I found a few nice groups of knitters in the London area. There are lots of options here and people are chatty and sweet, and I can just casually drop in and have a glass or a cup of tea and knock out some long sections of plain boring sections of knitting. It makes for good inspiration as far as the knits go, and I'm finding knitting to be a good gateway into making friends wherever I end up.
To gift, or not to gift? I have plenty of socks. Can I cram another pair in the sock drawer? I love these so much. They are just too pretty, without being too precious or delicate, and the yarn is so luxe and heavenly. It's a little thick to cram into socks, but perfectly warm and comforting.
I have a feeling these will see a few Maine winters to come.