The year was 1987, my baby sis is not even a year old. Fashion was all about animal prints and bi-levels (mullets are what we call them today). In other words this is a photo about poor fashion choices to which I say, go ahead and laugh I did.
Lately, I have been knitting socks. I stopped knitting socks for awhile because I hit a pattern that frustrated me so much that I stopped for awhile. When I had jury duty in February, I took a new sock project with me to work on while I waited. I have found that no one seems to connect my bamboo size 2 needles with knitting. In fact one bailiff asked me if I liked crocheting. I just smiled and said yes. However, my last jury duty experience required lots of sitting in court being asked personal questions, not knitting.
I had my sock pattern, yarn, and needles all ready for some serious knitting all hanging out in a bag waiting for me to notice it. I decided well heck I have these Mermaid Lagoon socks ready I should just knit them on up. Once finished with the Mermaid Lagoon socks, I thought heck that was fun, I should knit another pair in this here Charybdis pattern. And I did.
The Mermaid Lagoon pattern was not particularly hard once I translated the pattern for myself. The yarn did an interesting color change from turquoise to tan made creating a cool pair of socks. My only complaint is the pattern was designed for a medium size foot and leg. My canoes and hefty calves did not love this pattern. I upped the needle size and it helped, but you know the sock could have been a little roomier.
Mermaid Lagoon Socks
Roominess was in ample supply on the next pair of Charybdis socks I knitted. One of my knit night buddies had clued me in that these socks knitted up big. I used another color transitioning yarn from my stash which made for interesting socks. I kind of feel like I am walking around with muddy paws when wearing these socks. I loved the Charybdis pattern, which is free on Ravelry. Do want to warn that it knits up big, so do a swatch, the pattern is charted, but can be modified for a smaller foot or leg.
The real problem with hand knitted socks is I have problems wearing them. They come out so perfect that my clumsy, size 11s don't deserve to wear them. Working on getting over that real soon.