And the Sock Obsession continues...

For April's Sockdown Challenge, I chose Crocus vernus, a pattern from the featured designer Hunter Hammersen. I really liked the elegant floral lace pattern on these socks and couldn't wait to make them.

The yarn for this project had been in my stash for well over a year...I bought it just a month or two after I first started knitting. Purple is my absolute favorite color, and the Mountain Colors "Harmony Storm" colorway is a beautiful mix of purples and greys and greens. I wanted to use the yarn for socks, but I was very leery of sock knitting at that time. I wasn't really comfortable using DPNs and all the explanations of the Magic Loop or 2-circulars methods were beyond my comprehension. Plus, the descriptions of sock construction looked way too difficult. Or so I thought. Fast forward to 2014...I can't stop knitting socks, and this yarn immediately came to mind when I chose the Crocus vernus pattern.

Aren't they beautiful? I love the almost "ruffly" edge on the cuff, and the contrast of the lace pattern with the channels of yarnovers along either side. I completed 6 repeats of the pattern on the leg, with another 6 repeats on the foot before working the toe. The finished sock is a bit more snug than other socks that I have made, but they fit me very well and look so pretty on my feet.

In other news...

- I won a prize in the March Sockdown Challenge with my Slytherin Socks! I won a copy of the Intwined Pattern Studio software. I've never thought of designing my own patterns before, but with this software it might be fun...

- I'm taking a break from sock knitting (gasp!) and working on a long cowl/infinity scarf right now. My indigodragonfly club yarn for April is a worsted weight, and I thought it might be fun to work with heavier squishy yarn and big needles for a change. Loving it so far!

- When I do go back to sock knitting later this month, I will be tackling my first ever stranded colorwork project! I received a copy of Op-Art Socks for my birthday, and one of the Sockdown Challenges for May is mathematics/tech/geek so I plan to make the Fibonacci socks. Can't wait to get started on those...

Until next time, happy knitting!