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Sunday afternoons tend to be a quiet time at the homestead. I often spend the afternoon ignoring housework and deciding what to knit next.

Socks are a really portable project. My Hitchhiker shawl is getting a little long to pull out for a quick stitch break and 198 yds. of Heaven is not a portable project. A simple sock project seemed to be the next best option to start.

My mom was a sock knitter and had not found Ravelry before she died. That means I have a number of sock pattern books. I’ve also started purchasing sock yarn in order to encourage this new aspect of my hobby (apparently I’m in my socks and shawls phase). But I started purchasing yarn before I knew what knitting socks was really like. Like how much yarn I would need or what I now see as the common sense strategy of NOT using the special colorway of Madelinetosh for socks. So I have a number of single skeins and a small collection of beautiful-but-inappropriate-for-socks yarn (I see a lot of shawlettes in my future). Because of this, I’m hesitant to try out top down socks. I would hate to knit a beautiful sock and run out of yarn before I finish the toes. All of my mom’s sock books contain top down patterns.

I’ve decided to try taking a top down pattern and knitting it toe up. Sort of. What I am REALLY doing is taking a simple outline for knitting a sock toe up from one of my favorite knitting how-to sites, Knitfreedom, and adding the simple two-row repeat of the Peaks ‘n’ Valleys pattern from one of my mom’s books, Knit Socks! This will allow me to try something new, use up one ball of yarn that I purchased at a recent fiber arts festival (photo above, self striping!) and not worry about running out of yarn before I finish. YAY!

What patterns have you dug into this week?