UPDATE: They arrived! My pal originally gave me carte blanche and when I investigated her site I found that she is a prolific, generous sock knitter! I inquired about her preferences and she said that she's been loving green lately, and lace. I'm not the best lace knitter...I hope the yarn is crazy enough to distract from my 'creative' solutions to lost YOs and forgotten decreases! We both grew up in Europe (she in Austria and me in Germany). I'm obsessed with Austrian art and sent her a ball of the new Hundertwasser yarn.
I'm finally mailing off socks to my sock pal--I hope they don't mind that I waited until the last possible day of the mail-off. I'm including some treats for her very adorable children. I had a lot in common with my pal but I am going to hold off on revealing more until she gets my package.
My sock pal will also have the distinction of wearing a sock that was a prop for a recent Lexie Barnes photoshoot! I love this picture, the photographer said I look like an architect's wife. I feel right at home in Lexie's tableaux and I can't shut up about the bags, especially my semi-new Darling with it's holsters for my water flask and umbrella!
Pattern: Belle Epoque from a friend's upcoming book Two-at-a-Time Socks
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Silkie in Beryl
Needles: Knit Picks, an assortment of the Classic Circulars, Options interchangeables and DPNs.
Notes: The yarn is pretty inelastic and fuzzy...I didn't love it as much as the classic Socks that Rock which is like perfectly kneaded bread dough (not the first food analogy I've used on this yarn). The pattern is written for the socks to be knit two at a time on one long circular using a sort of Magic Loopy configuration. I did that for awhile to test knit the pattern then switched to DPNs for speed's sake. This book is going to be a stunner, just you wait!
Lastly, I wanted to thank everyone who commented on my last post. Blogging is sort of like my personal pensieve but it's nice to know that people appreciate my often rambling posts. This Ravelry thread about what makes a good blog was...a bit frightening.