Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Returning Home to my Sock Obsession

I'm back from visiting with my brother, sister-in-law, and 3 nephews on the East Coast.  Who knew you could have such a fabulous vacation in New Jersey?  My son and I were treated like royalty.  We walked on the boardwalk, ate seafood with a view of the ocean, and saw a small town 4th of July parade.  We swam, sunbathed, boogie boarded, and saw dolphins at the shore. 

We canoed in the nearby river, paddling by lobster traps and watching jellyfish swim by. 

We really felt like we were in New Jersey with a visit to the race track, where a guy that could of stepped right out of "The Sopranos" asked us which horse we liked in the next race.  With all of the fun activities though, one of my favorite memories will always be just sitting and chatting after dinner, as the fireflies came out, and the four cousins played together.

I did knit on the airplane, (I was so happy that my knitting needles got through security!) but I came home with just one sock.  Ironically, the jetlag helped me get through the mild case of 2nd sock syndrome.  It was still the holiday weekend when I got home somewhat sleep-deprived, so I took it easy around the house, and powered through the most of the 2nd sock.  I've decided that I really like the toe-up method for it's speed, and I'll be sending this pair off for the afghans for Afghans sock campaign very soon.

Here are some patterns I'm thinking about for my next pair which will be Angie's birthday gift.
She mentioned that she is interested in Wendy D. Johnson's patterns so I perused Ravelry and found these:
Nanner Socks - The pattern on WendyKnits doesn't have any photos, so here is a link to finished Nanner socks made with Malabrigo Sock yarn.
Rivulets Socks - Ravelry link is here.
Halcyon Socks - Ravelry link is here.

Here are a couple of other patterns I want to knit sometime, but it doesn't have to be for this pair:
Embossed Leaves, from Interweave Knits, Winter 2005
Angee, from Sock Innovation by Cookie A.

I know you said I could choose which ones to knit, but do you have a favorite?  (And don't forget to act surprised when they are done!)


  1. It must be fate! I really would like the Rivulets pattern by Wendy Johnson! I've got to try that toe up technique. Maybe a KAL!

    I think you've inspired me to start some socks since they are the perfect small summer project to tote!

    Thanks for sharing the great pictures! Your trip looks like it was the perfect getaway.

  2. Fun times Shannon! You deserved a relaxing getaway. With all of your sock stories, I am feeling more inspired to start my first pair. Just as soon as I tackle the finishing on this sweater... : )