Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nemesis Socks

Nemesis sock
Finished my Nemesis socks.  They were started some time ago when I found a skein of commercial alpaca I had picked up somewhere (you know--stash!) and thought I would love to have socks from it.  Then I read the pattern from that was called Nemesis and the two clicked in my brain.  The idea of carrying the pattern down the heel was intriguing.  The funny thing is, I love making socks  (two at a time on one circular--the Magic Loop method), but when it comes to something like the sweater I made for my sister, the excitement of commercial yarn and following a pattern pales after I grasp the concept.    Socks are the only patterns with commercial yarns that I find any pleasure in knitting.  The problem was, I would do one and then the excitement of the pattern was over and I never wanted to do the second.  Plus, they never came out the same.  First I taught myself how to do two at a time on two circulars, then mastered the Magic Loop method. The time it takes to make them is probably the same for me if I were still doing it on double points, but the relief of having them both done at the same time is immeasurable. 
I put Kid-Setta in the heels & toes
 The next pair will be toe up from Melissa Morgan-Oakes book Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks. The pattern "Simplicity" seems like a good bet to use with the yarn I have in mind.  The yarn is some self striping I got on sale from Stitchy Women a while back.  Unless I decide to knit them with the varigated pastels that look sort of like baby colors.  I thought the pastels would be summer like.
Today is Maplefest day in Poultney.  It should be a good day for the sugar makers as the weather is perfect for production.  Jeff is on his second boiling now.  So far he has made 1 1/2 quarts.  This lot is very dark.  I don't think we are going to have any light syrup this year.   Which is o.k. with us.  I think I will head down to the pancake breakfast and do a little shopping at the places that are having bag sales.  Oh, did I mention that the Yarn shop is among those places??

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