First of all, thank you so much for your kind words and support on the last post.  You have all given me a lot to think about.  I think that has to be one of the things that blogging is great for: a meeting of the minds.  I can’t really do that without you, so thanks!

While I’m pondering over writing patterns, I want to show you the progress I’ve made on Rob’s socks, er…sock.  I just cast off the first one late last night (while watching the election results come in).  I’m so happy with the results (both sock and election), which is great because that will motivate me to knit the second one (and continue to live in the US, har har).  I’m really digging how the colors came together and how the effect changed when I switched to ribbing from stockinette.  This is the first time I’ve knit with seriously variegated yarn like this and I have to admit that at first I was skeptical.  Sometimes color can be overwhelming to me.  I rarely match.  Most of my wardrobe consists of solids.  I rarely wear prints.  It’s been fun watching the magic of these colors coming together and perhaps it’s giving me a little more confidence knitting with variegated yarn.

The other day at work I picked up Leslie Ann Bestor’s book of cast-on’s and bind-off’s.  I think this is going to be a great reference book for me.  It’s really well laid out and the instructions are clear and concise.  Oh I know you can find all these things on the internet and youtube for free.  Call me old-fashioned, but I really do like the act of flipping through a tangible book and having everything I need all in one place.  I ended up using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind-off for the cuff.  It involves processing each stitch with a yarn over before casting it off the needle.  I love how it looks and how (duh…) stretchy it is.

Socks look so strange when they’re not on feet.  I suppose that means I better get cracking on the second sock so we can stuff some feet into them.

I want to know: Do you use variegated yarn often?  If so, what projects do you use them for the most?  Are you a sock knitter?  What’s your favorite way to cast-off on toe-up socks?

Linking with Tami’s WIP Wednesday and Ginny’s Yarn Along.