OK so I seriously could not get motivated in the Pine socks. It wasn't because of the yarn( love Essential), or the pattern even though I really wasn't using one though I did like the heel I had chosen in the KP Two Socks At One Time free pattern. Honestly I was bored,bored,bored. Its just a plain sock not pattern just plain and I like plain socks. Well correction I like a plain sock with a self-patterning yarn or a cool hand dyed yarn (I have a pretty one waiting in the wings). Again I love the color but it was so boring.
So here it was Saturday morning I had came home from work determined I was going to finish these sock before working on any of my other knitting. Sounds familiar? Yeah turns out I had already turn the heel getting ready to knit the cuffs ( remember two socks at a time, only two cuffs to knit). So I go and try them on the recipient has the same size foot as me. I hated them, no really I hated them. My goodness you could obviously see all my moods of the last week and a half in those socks.I'm not kidding! You can tell when I was tired and oops twisted a stitch, when I was stressed boy those stitches are really tight, when I was relaxed loose stitches. While I was looking at these sock at first I was trying to talk myself into saying there were OK and it would all work out in the wash. As soon as I caught myself in that thought process there was only one thing for me to do.
Rip it, rip it, rip it.........yep both pairs. Crazy I know but I couldn't gift these the way they were. I couldn't. Then I sat and thought why was I so bored and why I couldn't get a simple pair of socks knit. Honestly I love magic loop I love all the convenience of it, easy to store in my bag, safer around little man, finishing two sock a one time. Its just these sock I don't think were meant for magic loop. I can't point my finger at it but they just weren't. So I decided to go grab my copy of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Knitting Rules! and my old faithful yep the dpn's. All dpn lovers feel free to cheer and whoop and holler! I cast them on.... and I was a knitting machine a knitting machine who could not put these sock down. Where ever I went they went... and I was so happy with them, I loved knitting them. Why?? What made these dpn socks more fun than my magic loop? I haven't a clue. The only thing I can come up with is the idea of having all those needles( OK only four ) and having to keep.....how should I say it? hmm..... you know the feeling like you have to pay a little closer attention because you don't want your stitches falling off the back of one of the other needles (even though I know they won't because I cross the needles in the back). That's what I think kept me interested. So yeah I finished one sock and yesterday afternoon when I came home from work I cast on the other. There is a lot more knit on that second sock than what is in the picture I'm almost ready ( 3 rows left? ) to work on the heel flap.
Now these dpn's I used I can't tell how old they are. I do know that they are Boye size US 1, that came in a plastic round tube with a red cap( sorry I meant to take a picture of them) and the price was .55( I know that because that was the price on the tube) Here another interesting thing the tips are not worn down at all! I really like them, but it got me thinking that maybe I need a newer one for those just in case moments so I'm going to order KP dpns nickle ones. That way I can hold on to these and still knit with dpns when the urge strikes me. I have other dnps lots of them, but I love my option nickle plated so much it would be nice to try those the dpn's.I'll still magic loop this weekend though was the time for the dpn's to shine!! Their weekend in the spotlight and that they are not forgotten and still loved.Hope you had a great weekend!