I am sure you know the thrill of finding a new sock yarn. How itchy your fingers get to cast on IMMEDIATELY to see what that little cake of yarn will look like when it is all stitched up? Neighborhood Fiber's Watershed - a 70% Merino Wool, 30% SeaCell blend - caused my fingers to get really itchy. So itchy that I immediately wound the hank at Knit Happens and sat right down in one of the arm chairs to give it a go.
I had been eyeing the Charade sock pattern, and luckily enough I had it with me in my bag. I decided to make them toe-up (something I had never tried before). Once I got through about eight attempts at the Figure-8 Cast-On (using the excellent instructions from Knitty), I was on my way. And then my yarn spoke up and said "Excuse me... I really like the Charade pattern, and I know you really want to make a pair, but I really don't think I am the Charade type of yarn." But did I listen...of course not. Once I was past the toe and on to the pattern, I took a look and wouldn't you know the yarn was right. It wasn't a "Charade" type of yarn. Ripped it out. Maybe lace would be better, so I cast on for Wendy's Double Eyelet Rib socks. But, they ended up looking too much like my Bunny Lace socks. Ripped it out.
Still, I thought that some sort of lace would look great with the colors of the sock. I took a look through the Ann Budd book Getting Started Knitting Socks and found the perfect stitch. Above is the Right Twist Lace Rib pattern done toe-up (using Wendy's Generic Toe-Up sock pattern). I am being a bit cautious because I don't know how much yarn I will have between the two socks. Finally, my yarn said "Yay".
All of Neighborhood Fiber's yarns are named after neighborhoods in D.C. This color is "Cooper Circle" (more info about Cooper Circle). Since Karida, the owner of Neighborhood Fiber, is local to me, I decided to join her Winter sock club instead of other bigger sock clubs. Take a look, she might have some spaces left. I love telling people that my socks are truly "locals".