Cold Feet, Warm Heart

Remember I mentioned that I finished some secret Christmas knitting while out of town las week?  Well, there I was, minding my own business in a huge yarn store when I ran out of knitting.  What's a girl to do?  Okay, I admit, I may have promised myself that I could get some new yarn if I finished that Christmas project while I was there, but I'm sure you'll agree that either way, I had full impunity.

Maybe it was the sparkly dusting of snow all around in Spokane, maybe I was seized by a whim for something s bit special, but there it was, right there in front of me:  The just right, light-colored, glinty yarn that I was in the mood for.  It's Scholler + Stahl Fortissima Disco, color 04.  Get some for yourself, or somebody glittery you know here.

I love my new "Magic Carpet" sock pattern so much in its original yarn that I wanted to see what it would look like in a light color.  I was right to love this pattern, even if I did make it up myself.  Totally addictive knitting: Challenging-but-not-too challenging at the beginning, and changes to simple but satisfying for the rest of the piece.  The slip stitch pattern makes it easy to count rows, and you don't even have to look at the pattern unless you want to.

Get a load o' them sparkles, will ya?  I bet you know someone who needs socks like these. 

I, for one, have decided to parlay Phillip's complaints that my feet are cold all the time into a Sock-Making Justification Project.  Imagine the sock yarn stash this could afford me:  Documented Foot Frigidity.  He's always saying it: "Get those offa me - they're cold!"  By my calculation, that means I'm allowed all the sock yarn I want;  I'm doing it for him.  Sigh. The things we put ourselves through for love...

Magic Carpet Ride

Gentle Readers, remember last time I mentioned a little sock I'm working on?   It's still waiting for a mate, and some instructions to be written, but last night I stayed up way too late playing with it, and here is the result:

It's made in from Abstract Fiber Supersock, which yarn you already know I dearly love.  The sproing.  The spark.  All that, and a colorway like this:  "Magic Carpet".

A sock called Magic Carpet has to have cords and tassels.  Absolute requirement.

And Topknots.  Naturally.  Whimsical, no?  Festive, even.  A person just could not take things too seriously while wearing socks like these.  These are the sort of socks I'd wear under my dress slacks to the Big Important Meeting, just to remind myself that I'll never really belong to The Man. 

Socks to live by, now I think about it.

As soon as I finish the pattern (and the other sock), you'll be able to get them in kit form here.