Trying New Things
I'm trying new needles, a new pattern and a new method all wrapped up into a single project. I've cast on Business Casual a very cool (free) sock pattern from Tanis Fiber Arts. These are a nice manly pattern so I'm making them for my husband. I haven't finished his tie yet and every now and then he reminds me I still haven't knitted anything for him. Maybe I'll be more successful with this project -- my first pair of socks. I'm also trying the magic loop method of knitting for these socks instead of knitting on double pointed needles. I've mentioned before that I'm not a huge fan of the dp needles particularly in smaller sizes with a lighter yarn. Magic loop just might change my life. I recommend this video from KnitPicks if you're interested in seeing how it's done. The needles are Knitter's Pride Dreamz, I am trying out a set of their circular needles for this project. They're a beautiful wood needle and I am really impressed by how smooth and slippery they are especially for wood. They feel much more sturdy than bamboo. Another bonus is that they come in fun, fancy colors. I am normally an Addi Turbo kind of girl but these are a close second. The Knitter's Pride price is right at around $7.00 for a set. I'm not ready to change out my set of Addi Clicks but I like the idea of using these for my less commonly used sizes. The one thing that's not new? I'm using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Mare. It's amazing and I am so in love with how this particular colorway includes bright blues, browns and black. They'll match anything.