I have been having a sucky week but hey, snow.
Fortunately I have mallard socks to take my mind off things. I was so excited on Wednesday night that I could start them and swatched in front of Hairspray (love it, love it) but then had a panic. The yarn is so beautiful - I don't want to ruin it! I was away for the weekend and decided I couldn't take the socks with me because I didn't like the swatch so I'd need to take my pattern book and note book with me and I only had ten more minutes to pack and the bag was really heavy etc etc. And I was stressy from work. So, I took some other knitting that I will show you later and let my little brain think a bit more about what I want.
This is the swatch. I just don't like the colour and pattern combination. I'm not sure why but it speaks to me of the 60's I think. I don't dislike the 60's though. I've offered to make purple socks for Chris with it.
Absolutely yummy yarn though. Blue faced leicester. Which reminds me - I need to research sock reinforcement thread.
I've had a plan for a while to knit a sock in reverse stocking stitch because I like the pattern on the inside of stripey socks as much as the pattern on the outside. Noone I know, however, likes to knit endless purl (rather, to purl endlessly), so I'm making them inside out! Not sure what the plan is for the heel but I'll tell you when I get there.