I admit it, I'm a geek. I like to wear white socks with my sneakers and slip-on shoes in the summer - no toes hanging out sandals for this girl. But I'm also picky about my white socks. They must be ankle length, soft, cushy, and just a bit bulky. I had a good stash of these type of socks for several years, but they finally all developed huge holes in the bottoms and are sadly long gone. I've tried to replace them, with no luck. Either they ones I find are too thin or when I wash them they shrink down to the size of baby socks - and I'm not using hot water or leaving them in the dryer too long, either. I don't know what's with that shrinkage thing, but it's happened twice, both times with what seemed to be quality socks. So this year, I've decided to put my sock knitting obsession to good use and make my own. Thus is born the "White Sock Project." I've started making a pair with some Regia 4-ply I had in the stash. While it doesn't meet the criteria of "a bit bulky" it will do for a start. At ankle length, I figure I have enough for three pair. I'm also awaiting delivery of some white Limbo DK, which should knit into just the cushy, bulky goodness I crave. The real question is exactly how many pair of white socks can I make before I ran screaming into the night. Stay tuned to find out.
In the meantime, I finished a pair of socks that were started on our flight back from California. Because the yarn was hand-dyed (not by me) a lovely purple color, I felt the only appropriate pattern was Blueberry Waffle.
The yarn is Java by Inspirations and is a sport weight (oh, if only it was white!) so the socks will be perfect for wearing with my hiking boots. Did I mention we are planning a trip to the Glen Canyon/Lake Powell area? Because of the extended drought, areas of the canyon that have been under water for the last thirty years or so, are now exposed. I HATE that they have put that beautiful area under water, and am excited to think I'll be able to visit lost slot canyons and flowing waterfalls. We haven't made our reservations yet, because Jim has several preliminary interviews this week, one of which we hope will result in an out-of-town follow-up, but as soon as we nail all that down, we'll book our flight. I'm SO EXCITED!
Our wacky Spring weather continues here. Saturday was sunny and 80, Sunday it rained over 5", Monday it was still rainy and 40 degrees (brrrr), and today it's in the low 70's and sunny. I'm off to grab all the warmth and sunshine I can before the weather turns again. Have a happy day, whatever your weather.