I learned to knit about age 8 -- so over 60 years ago -- and have essentially never stopped. Every year around this time, my knitting ramps up, because Christmas is coming. And -- new to me this year -- October is Canadian Wool Month. That takes my knitting up a notch, particularly as it overlaps with Shetland Wool Week 2021, which runs through October 3.
Here's a little clip showing the state of my "Yarn Studio" (aka my living room). I move a bit in slow circles, so if you think you might get dizzy, sit down to watch. It's only 1 minute long but... 😉
You can see there's lots on the go! I'm currently working on the second of two pair of baby socks for a little fellow born this past May. He and his parents have moved to British Columbia, so I knit the first pair (6 month size) in a wool/nylon blend, which should keep his feet cozy for the damp winter there:
The second pair, cast on yesterday -- I'm now on the foot of the first sock -- is in a 1-year size, so I chose a cotton/wool/nylon blend that also has a small amount of elastic in it -- it's Patons Stretch Socks in the "Kelp" colour-way:
Here's what the finished pair will look like -- this photo is of a pair I made with the same yarn for a different baby, last December:
My favourite pattern for these socks isn't on Ravelry; it's one I bought from River City Yarns in Edmonton -- and I don't know if they still have it for sale or not. I always make a 2:2 ribbed cuff, though the pattern offers rolled cuff and a 1:1 ribbed cuff options. They're fast and fun to make, and use up scrap sock yarn (well, at least some!)
|(L) to (R): Opal Regenwald/Rainforest 4-fach in|
"Docktorfish"; Meilenweit Cotton Fondo in
colour #6507; and Patons Stretch Socks in "Licorice"
Even though, in the intro to my poll, I said I had no preference, in truth, I did...but the voters chose my least favourite colour-way. Can you guess which one? Regardless, given the number of items I have on the go, I'm planning on knitting a simple ribbed pattern -- the Colonial Rib from Katie S. These will be given away -- but not to anyone I know! 😉