Sorry for so long since the last real post!
But I DID finish the Trekking socks!
Pattern: Gentleman's Fancy Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush (I love this book!).
Yarn: Trekking XXL in Color 102, purchased from Yarn Today.
Needles: US Size 1 (2.25 mm) Clover bamboo double points. Oh, and I used a longtail cast on on US 2's so the ribbing would be SUPER stretchy.
Gauge: 9 spi.
Modifications: I shortened the cuff by one repeat (20 rows) on each sock so that I didn't run out of yarn since the original pattern called for a 4 oz skein of Shaeffer Anne and I only had a 3.5 oz skein of the Trekking. That was probably good because I don't htink I would have made it. I also shortened the heel a little since it seemed like it was getting rather too long for comfort. I SHOULD have modified the toe. It came out VERY pointy and I don't like it, but C doesn't mind, so I won't rip it out.
Verdict: C loves them, so I'm happy. I loved knitting with the Trekking. It's nice yarn while still being fun. I like the variegations without pooling and flashing. It all just blends into the next color stripe, and it's really very subtle.
I bought some good stuff this weekend. I bought and dyed some 100% extrafine merino laceweight (which you can see here) for the KAL contests. And I got a skein of Mountain Colors Bearfoot to make a pair of socks for my mom. She was with me and picked out the colorway. She bought me a niddy noddy (I still need to sand and finish it), so I bought her sock yarn :) I'm excited to work with it.
This morning on the bus I started a pair of socks for myself in the Koigu Margene sent me. I'm using the Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks. :) I've only got about an inch done, but I like how it's coming out so far.
In non-knitting news, I'm getting really excited for my vacation to Philadelpia later this month, and Kim is coming to visit early next week. I've missed her alot. Expect pictures :) Also as soon as I finish the book I'm reading now, I'll be starting Harry Potter. This could become a whole new obsession. Like I need another one of THOSE!
*edit* You HAVE to see these kitty pictures from Not An Artist (scroll down)! They totally made my day!