I had treated myself to a couple of sock yarn subscriptions, one being the Sundara Petals Club, last year. As of this writing, I have used up two skeins of that clubs offerings . I knit the Lenten Rose socks last year, a wonderful pattern in a neutral shade. The second installment was rather more colorful. Bird of Paradise is a bold mix of orange, yellow, and green. The pattern was not one that inspired me to cast on. What's a knitter to do? I turned to Ravelry and browsed the many socks that knitters have made before me. I wanted to use my yarn and fulfill the requirement of the Sock Knitters Anonymous on Ravelry. I was successful in both endeavors.
The yarn, a soft merino, knit up quickly following the Monkey sock pattern found in the Knitty archives. These are the second pair of Cookie A. designs that I've knit, with a third, Pomatomus, on the needles. I have become an avid fan of the Magic Loop and the Monkey socks stitch count divides up perfectly.
How am I doing on my stash busting goals? I fell off the wagon for a mercy buy at a local LYS. I recently went shopping with a friend and had to stop in to say,"Hello." Stopping in was my first misakes. I left with three skeins of "Lamb's Pride Bulky" that were not on the agenda. I do have a copy of the Fiber Trends "Felted Clogs" pattern, but I had no intention of making clogs any time soon. I just couldn't leave the shop without making a purchase. I find it much easier on the conscience when I browse the online shops in complete anonymity. I can load up my basket and never complete the sale. It's a guilty pleasure to log off and leave the filled cart in the virtual shopping aisle. How many of you are guilty of this? I would love to know.