I've been working on Loksins! during my trip and sometimes during the class (without taking my attention away from the class). I have finished one sock and am almost down to the heel flap on the second one. I really enjoy knitting lace. It makes the knitting very interesting and it's fun to block (or in this case put the socks on) and see the lace pattern come to live. When I put the sock on for the first time it hit me how romantic the pattern was. These really are luxurious socks.
Now however, the yarn that I'm using is NOT luxurious. It's not horrible, but it´s not great either. It does split some and once in a while are blobs of fibers comes along the string. But what do you expect of $6.50 per 100 gr. yarn made in Turkey? The color by itself isn't exactly beautiful but I chose it specially because of two things. First, it was a light color so the lace pattern shows better and second, it is kind of skin color and I can use it for dolls. I want to try to knit dolls.
Another thing about these socks that surprised me was that I actually enjoy to knit them on 4 dpns as opposed to knitting socks on 5 dpns. I guess I don't have as many needles getting in the way and you are not as likely to yank one of the needles out.
They fit really really well. And I think that is in large part due to the fact I knit them on 2.25 mm needles (US1 I think). I've been knitting socks on 2.5 mm needles and it seemed a little too large. The monkey socks are for example a little too large. I started Loksins! on 2.5 mm, but my kids yanked all the needles out and they just seemed too large. So I started over on 2 mm circs and I knit down one leg before I admitted to my self that they were too small and I couldn't even get them over my heel. So third time was the charm. This pattern is wonderful. I encourage you to get it and thank you so much Cassie for creating it and making it awailable for us.
Now to the next topic.
The Fall 2007 issue of Knitty came out today. The front page pattern just jumped out at me. It's called Muir (after woods named after John Muir, a big figure in Northern Californian history). I-can't-resist-it. Must-start-knitting. Just kidding. It's not like I have yarn or needles for it here in the hotel room! ha ha ha
I'm also head over heels with Cherie Amour. I want it. It's perfect for me.
I love the pattern on Q as well. I don't like the toe but I love, love, love the leg pattern.
It's been a while since I've been so excited about Knitty. They have great patterns, don't get me wrong. But it has been awhile since I've been excited about any patterns at all.