I cast on my June socks earlier this week, and I just finished the heel on the first sock. I think I might have a chance of finishing them by the end of the month. Maybe.
The pattern is Midsummer Night’s Dream (Knitty Fall 2009) and the yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Canopy. I had meant to design my own pattern for my June socks, but was running out of time with the end of June very near. I just have too much else going on to manage it all, so I thought the smart thing to do would be to find a pattern that already exists—and I’m so glad I did.
I love this pattern so far—it’s everything I want in a pattern. I get to use my brain. It has some easy parts so I don’t have to always use my brain. (Excellent.) The leaves are charming to knit and look at afterwards and the yarn overs (without decreases in the same round) give a wavy look to the stem—brilliant pattern writing, if you ask me.
Patterns like this remind me just how much I still have to learn about knitting, especially if I want to get serious about this pattern-writing thing. So far, I don’t think my design ideas are edgy enough for Knitty, so I guess it’s good that I’m not trying to get in. Yet. For now I’m just writing patterns for the design ideas that pop into my head at random moments, inspired by nature and the seasons. Someday I hope to get an idea creative enough (and technical enough!) to get into Knitty.
Wish me luck that I can finish these puppies before the end of the month…because I have “big plans” for July’s socks!