Edited to fix bad link for pattern -- thanks for letting me know Mary Ann!
Have I ever told you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE knitting socks? Well I do! There is something so satisfying and soothing about knit knit knit. It makes me HAPPY! So last week I finished this pair. This is Opal sock yarn Schafpate 5 in the color Heidi. In real life they are more coral rose than orange. I couldn't get the color right in the picture.
And a completed pair of socks leads to starting a new pair of socks. This is Blue Moon Fibers Socks that Rock lightweight in the Lemonellow colorway. You can see it here. A lovely lemony shade with fleck of aqua and a greeny gray.
I used a pattern I've done before call Carolina, Last Queen of Naples. It is a free pattern and you can see it here. It is a simple to remember 4 row repeat. The only change I made is instead of the knit 3 together (K3tog) in the first row, I do slip one purlwise, knit 2 together and then pass the slipped stitch over. Much easier. I love the zig zag and that purl ridge row.
And as I was finishing up this sock I had a thought (almost always a dangerous moment - LOL) that I hadn't ever done this pattern with a striped yarn. Sooooooo... I went downstairs and rummaged through my ever so nicely organized yarn stash sealed in their very own plastic storage containers and found 2 skeins of this Kaffe Fassett yarn by Regia. Oooooohhhh... I like this a lot!
So far the stripes seem to be changing colors at the purl row but I think that will change as some of the stripe sections in the yarn are longer than others. It will definitely keep my attention.
And I curbed my urge to cast on another pair. I found this pattern, Show-off Stranded Socks. You can see it here and it is also free - dontcha just love free patterns? Me too! This looks great in lots of the Blue Moon Fibers Socks that Rock yarns and I have several all wound in cakes and ready to go. And I have 2 new sets of Hiya Hiya needles. I LOVE these needles. I picked them up a couple of weeks ago at Lambikins Hideaway. I've used Knitpicks needles since I began knitting but wanted to upgrade as I've had some problems with cables that have come loose. The Hiya Hiya have very flexible cables, and nice long pointy points and I swear they coated with something that makes them ever so smooth. The yarn just slips so easily off the needles. Effortless knitting.
So do you have lots of plans for the 3 day weekend? We are going to the local food festival, Taste of Cincinnati, on Saturday morning and I have plans to grill out on Memorial day but other than that I think there is going to be some quality and quantity time to knit, cross stitch and sew.
Hope you have a great weekend! Say a prayer for those who sacrificed so much for our freedom. It is the least we can do.
Happy knittng and stitching!