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My Latest Obsession

 I blame Mason-Dixon Knitting and their Single Sock Knit-along. And my friend, Rachel and her new knitting podcast- Purls Before Swine. There's only so much awesome sock knitting you can see before you just have to join in.

 Here's the thing about socks- they are small and easily portable. Which makes them just about the absolute perfect summertime/travel knitting. Added bonus- handmade socks are totally soft and comfy.

My travel sock kniting was all made possible by Heather (aka sew4mysanity). The night before we left, I realized I did not have the right size needle. She happened to be having a studio sale the next morning and sold me some Addi Turbo needles in the right size on our way out of town. Also, the Two at a Time Sock Bag she made for me a few years ago was absolutely indispensable, especially when it came time to knit those stripey socks. I dragged it everywhere with me for 4,000 miles and it held everything I needed all neat and organized.

 I cast on my first pair immediately and knit all the way to Arkansas. The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in Arco Iris. Like all variegated yarn, I liked it better in the skein than I did all knit up. But, it matched a lot of the landscape we were driving through- especially Wyoming and Colorado. It's nice that they'll always have that association. I finished the first sock and started the second while staying with my mom and dad. I finished the second while visiting my husband's grandmother in Illinois.

Details on Ravelry.

 (They're not different lengths. It's just hard to take a good picture of your own feet.)

As we left Illinois to start the long drive home, I cast on my second pair. This one from an amazing skein of Zauberball I found in a surprisingly awesome small town yarn store. Why can't my small town have a surprisingly awesome yarn store?

(Once again, the heels are not different sizes- one's just folded up weird because it's surprisingly hard to take a good picture of your own feet.)

Details on Ravelry.

I finished the first sock right before we got home. So, now I know- I can finish a sock in two and a half days but only if there is absolutely nothing else to do. The second sock took me a week in between unpacking, loads of laundry, trips to the store, trips to the library, reading and generally keeping my kids alive.

I'm not sure how long this sock knitting jag is going to last. I'm already starting to veer towards other things to knit with sock yarn.

I already started a Cozy Memories Blanket. And a ZickZack Scarf, a Mini Mania Scarf, and a Fort Tryon Wrap have caught my eye. Actually, I don't know how long I'll be able to resist the siren song of that Fort Tryon wrap. I've got plenty of new sock yarn from the trip which would be just perfect.

Must resist buying new patterns. Must resist casting on something else new. Must resist.

Ah, why not?


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