Yesterday I went to Windsor Button over lunch, ostensibly to get another size 6 circular and another batch of size 0 dpns (because 4 needles aren't handy if you want to try the little buggers on). I knew I wanted to knit a pair of fair isle socks next (we will get into my stupid a little bit later), and while I have one skein of yarn that will work I needed a contrasting skein of yarn.
I did not actually intend to buy the contrasting skein of yarn yesterday. Now I own a skein of Trekking in a nice ivory color. It will go very well from the skein of yarn from the Loopy Ewe (purchased as part of the I didn't get to go to the sock summit or Loopy Ewe sock fest earlier this year). While I want to make the Kikko Hanabishi socks, I will do a much better job if the pattern is stupidly scintillating.
Enter Meeresrauschen (ravelry link). It has vertical stripes, which I am a bit of a sucker for. It has a visual motif, aka non-abstract, which is a huge selling point. And because I am a sad individual, the modeled picture is in a beautiful teal color with a wonderfully contrasting lemon-lime (ish) yarn. Not that I don't know I can change colors, and will be changing colors, but I do fall for things in the blue family faster than things in the magenta family.
Of course, between finishing my last pair of socks and starting this pair of socks I accidentally (Whoops! *thud*) started another pair of socks. My latest pair of socks are the Diamond Gansey socks from Wendy's book: Socks from the Toe Up.
I started this sock Tuesday night and am about ready to start the gusset. For me, this is blindingly fast. I'm not sure if this is because I really love the pattern or the yarn (this is the yarn made by Caroline for Claudia's 2009 MS Fundraiser). The colors just glow in the sunlight, which made knitting on it this morning a real treat! This is a wonderful yarn and I am really loving it, though I think part of the reason the sock is working up so fast is that it isn't ribbing... I am definitely all ribbing-ed out.
Now, why I am an idiot. I was photographing this sock in progress with my finished socks in my bag when I got the battery dead warning from the camera. So, no photo of the finished socks until I can get home and fix the battery situation.