WIP - Blued Steel Socks

Lately it has seemed that our family has been on the express train to crazy town.  We have been working or planning to work, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. nearly every day.  Today however, I have a little time to relax and knit.  I have no projects that need to be finished by a deadline, and other than a little house cleaning (not a small feat with two toddlers, I will admit), I have nothing that needs to be done immediately.  Can you hear my sigh of relief? So today I will try to finish the heels of my husband's sock's, which I have failed to mention on this blog so far.  I did not mention thes socks, because I decided to try a new technique while knitting them, and was afraid they would be a disaster.

I am not much of a sock knitter.  It is not that I dislike knitting socks, rather, I prefer knitting other things, like sweaters.  I also have a SERIOUSLY BAD case of 2nd sock syndrome.  Even after the first sock has been completely knit, the 2nd has a good chance of never being made.

I made the previous mistake of knitting my huge footed husband a pair of socks, and those of you who have ever worn a pair of handknit socks know, that once you have gone handknit you never go back.  He has since been asking for a 2nd pair of socks, and eventually I reluctantlyagreed.  Knowing my reluctance to start a 2nd sock, and not wanting my husband walking around in just one sock, I decided to try to knit both socks at once.

I used the magic loop technique (also new to me) to knit both socks on only one extremly long needle.  I was suprised to find that after finishing the figure 8 cast on, the technique was straight forward and easy.  On top of that, knitting both socks at the same timedoesn't seem to take much longer than knitting one sock on dpn's.  I throughly enjoy knitting in this fashion, and may knit ALL future socks in this manner.

Here is how it is going so far;

The Socks

Cascade Heritage Hand Painted Sock Yarn in Color 9922

Pattern: Universal Toe-up Sock Pattern

Yarn:  1 Skein Cascade Heritage Hand Painted

Needles:  Size 2, 45" circulars

Yes, I am knitting both socks at the same time from one skein.  I will show you my method later.