It rained today.
Not much. Just enough for me to decide some indoor knitting time was in order.
Daughter Heather with a mid-May birthday requested black birthday socks.
This is my first experience knitting black socks. I started out with a simple lace pattern. It looked awful. I blamed the pattern and frogged it.
Next, I cast on both socks and knit the cuff ribbings for Shetland Lace Rib Socks. I knew I would like this pattern. It's mine, free on the sidebar.
It took three repeats of the lace pattern before I could no longer ignore the facts. The Shetland Lace pattern did not look pretty in black. It looked like a lumpy sock cuff full of mistakes.
I frogged both Shetland Lace socks, took a deep breath, and decided to try Monkey Socks.
Perfect! This is just what the black Regia silk wants to be.
Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A. in Knitty, Winter 2006.
Yarn: Regia Silk
Needles: Options 2.5
Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch