It may not look like much so far, but it looms large to me. This is the beginning stage of a pair of socks I couldn't be more excited about.
A little history:
Despite having learned to knit over 6 years ago, and having knit countless gifts for friends in that time, I have a couple of close friends who I have never made anything for. One friend in particular lives in a warm climate and spends most of her time tending to large aquarium fish. Up until recently, I hadn't been able to answer the question "What do you knit for someone who spends her working hours in a shark tank?" But then, when I saw her over the Thanksgiving holiday, she was practically living in her Smartwool socks she bought for her snowboarding vacations. (This is making my knitting hobby sound more and more tame!) Of course, I vowed then and there to knit up a pair of socks for her.
Two and half months later, her pair has made it's way to the top of my queue. Even though I want her socks to be relatively simple, I've come up empty-handed after searching for a basic pattern that fits the bill.
Meanwhile, I am packing for my Stitches weekend where I will be taking a pattern writing class. Not only do I need a portable project to take with me over the weekend, I also want to put my new pattern writing skills into action right away when I return. Besides, I am still in search of a fingering weight yarn that I would like to use for my own hand-dyeing. This MCN fingering is quickly rising to the top of my list, but I won't feel certain until I've knit a pair of socks myself with it.
In a few weeks, I hope to be done with a project that will be: a gift for a friend, a sample of my newest pattern, and a test of a potential base yarn for my natural dyeing. You can see how my plans are all coming together in a single pair of socks!