These socks are entirely typical of my repertoire, consisting of about three variations of an archetypally basic pattern, the brainchild of my friend and local Langworthy Librarian, Jane Green. It has served me well during the first three years of my sock-knitting mania (life total to date: 40 completed pairs). A pattern like this is a great teacher of sock knitting, and an excellent way to showcase variegated or printed yarn, being, as it were, a blank canvas.
Almost two years ago I started a complicated pattern, with faux cables and lacy bits. It looks great, but I cannot knit it unless I'm in isolation, so I save it for when I have hours on Amtrak ahead of me. This Sterling Lace pattern, while beautiful, has furthered my resolve to simplify, simplify, simplify, as HDT says.
|A free download, Lace Sterling is designed by Clara Masessa for Kraemer Yarns.|
|This beautiful yarn is from Dirty Water Dyeworks, a New England hand-dyeing atelier.|
|Up close and personal so you can see the SKYP.|
So ultimately, the time spent seemed more like a good practice, and possibly an evolutionary stage.
|Ripped and ready to roll.|