Swatch Question

I’m kind of obsessed with the thought of 12 pair of socks in 12 months idea.  I’ve been stalking the sock pages in the pattern section of Ravelry. I’ve been fingering all my sock yarn.  I’ve gotten out almost every sock book I have.

This obsession brings me to my question. When it comes to swatching for socks, I have been experimenting with the gauge of a stockinette square vs a circular swatch. I find, for me at least, that the difference is so small as to be negligible.  I was wondering if that’s true for a lot of people, or am I just deluding myself into thinking it’s true…the measurements don’t lie, though, right?

Another sock knitting question.  When you are getting ready to knit a pair of socks do you choose the yarn first and let it lead you to the right pattern or vice versa? I tend to pick the yarn first, but am working on picking the pattern and then the yarn.  I’m curious about what others do.

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Monkey Update…

Just a quick update on the Monkeys before I go and watch the new episode of Doctor Who (I’m a total geek now, I guess, I’m obsessed with the good doctor and his travels, especially with David Tennent playing him – YUMMY!!).  I’m actually finding myself more and more addicted to BBC America.  How can I not be?  Gordon Ramsey, David Tennent, it’s a yum-fest of hot men with amazing accents.   Why didn’t I fall in love with a British man when I had the chance?  Oh, yeah, because he was my best friend and I would never have wanted to lose that.  He wasn’t a bad kisser though, back in the day.  If you’re reading this, you know who you are.  There’s also those adorable cleaning women, Kim and Aggey…how does anyone clean in that little blue pencil skirt?  I’ll never know, but they inspire me to want to keep my house much cleaner.

Anyway, back to the Monkeys.  I’ve finished the first pattern repeat this afternoon and I can see why people are addicted to it.  It’s easy and it’s really pretty.  The yarn is coming out even more prettily (is that even a word?) than I thought.  I think these are socks that I will actually finish – amazing isn’t it?  So I’m off to play on Ravelry forums for a little bit, then I’ll pop on “The Doctor” and work on those Monkeys for an hour or so and then maybe some Gordon Ramsey and off to bed.  Tomorrow is a big day of cleaning here at Casa Dwire and then back to the old house for packing and such.

If only these cluster headaches of mine would go away…life would be much easier and a lot more would be accomplished I think.

I guess I didn’t get that 101 list done, but I’m going to work on it tomorrow…or the next day…maybe I should put making the list on the list…LOL