I’ve been itching to knit another pair of socks for nearly a year. But since I work a regular day job, and most of my free time is occupied by my side hustle–knit design–I don’t have much time for selfish knitting. I honestly can’t remember the last time I knit something just for me, with no intention of writing the pattern for sale. So, a while back, I decided to do something crazy: knit yarn from my personal stash AND knit something for myself. I’m using Malabrigo Sock and my new Karbonz US 1 40″ circulars to work my socks toe-up two at a time. This is based on the On-Your-Toes Socks by Ann Budd, but I worked a different gauge than the pattern (I’m working 8 sts to the inch) so the math was adjusted a bit.
I usually prefer to knit socks on DPNs, because that’s how I started. However, I know that I’m not going to get to work on these socks very often, so working them toe up makes it much more likely that I’ll eventually finish the pair and that they’ll both come out the same size. I also weighed my yarn and broke it into two separate skeins because I’ve not had great luck in the past with pulling from the inside and the outside.
This is my first time really knitting with the Karbonz, and I really like them! I wish I’d gotten the 32″ instead of the 40″ needle as I think there’s a little too much cord for me, and sometimes it seems to get a little twisted. I like the nice sharp points and the feel of the carbon fiber. I think if I ever knit another pair of socks on DPNs I’ll definitely have to try out the Karbonz. The carbon fiber in the center of the needle grips the yarn a bit, which means that it would be harder for your stitches to slip off–especially important if you’re working with DPNs!
I work on these socks once every couple of weeks, and usually only a few rows at a time–but every time I get super excited about my someday-socks. Are you working on any selfish knitting projects?