I'm back into sock knitting mode and have just completed a pair of Broadripples for my very big sister's 50th birthday tomorrow (and I even got them wrapped up and posted in time - I'm so impressed with myself!!)
And now I'm being fickle. I printed off three different sock patterns on Sunday to use this wool - which I'm calling my Blackcurrant and Licorice - then changed my mind completely and went for Nutkin which I plodded on with for a few days - but I wasn't really enjoying it which is strange as it is only a very slight variation on the Tadpoles which I have just enjoyed knitting so much. The knitting seemed a bit baggy and then this morning I discovered I had lost a stitch so I ripped it all back and decided to try Jeck instead.
I'm not sure whether the pattern will have enough going on to keep me interested as there is only one pattern row alternating with a knit row. I've discovered that I'm definitely a "process" knitter rather than a "product" knitter - I really need to enjoy actually knitting the pattern rather than just being pleased with how the finished item looks.
I haven't quite worked out what it is that makes me like some patterns and dislike others because I can really enjoy the very simple 2 row repeat of Broadripple socks and I like the ebb and flow of Tadpoles and Monkeys but Nutkin was annoying me - very strange!
How do you choose patterns? Do you have any good sock recommendations?
I wear hand knitted socks every day - ideally in matching pairs but I'm not too fussy - but the one time I have to change out of them is when I go running as I have discovered that I have a tendency to run holes in the toe of my socks and the one time this happened with hand-knits I was very upset!
I'm gearing myself up for my big run this weekend. I'm really rather scared as I have never run in an organised race before and certainly not with this many people! But I have been talking to another runner on Facebook who volunteered at the race last year and she has been able to reassure me a bit.
I'm not actively fundraising but I have been sponsored by my mum and dad and my boss and a few other people so will be proudly giving some money to Cancer Research UK who are the official charity for the run.
Please wish me lots of luck - this is going to be a really tough challenge! I have Mr Locket and the little Lockets primed to meet me en route with a drink of squash and some jelly babies and then to have a lovely Snickers bar for me to munch at the end - I think I will have earned it!