I've got to say that a lot of my knitting has been simple recently. I'm tired at the end of the day, and I just want something soothing to do with my hands. Using yarn with delicious texture and colors makes the knitting even more soothing!
I felt compelled to cast on with the Creatively Dyed yarn that I got at Rhinebeck this year. My travel companions wound up their Creatively Dyed yarn while we were still in Red Hook, and they both got started on garter stitch projects right away. I did wait a couple of days before gave in to the call of the yarn, and I was inspired to make a simple garter stitch sock.
I haven't knit socks in garter before, and I was surprised at the stretch I got in it. I took out 6 stitches from my usual stockinette number to get this sock to fit correctly.
Of all the socks I knit last year, my simple Malabrigo socks have been the ones I want to wear when I'm feeling tired or I've had a bad day. They're so soft, and they kind of drape around my foot. I had been thinking that I needed to have more socks like those when I got to see some Madeline Tosh sock yarn in person. The rich brown color and the luxuriously soft yarn (with a nice sheen) won me over so quickly.
I started out with a knit/purl pattern, but that seemed too busy. I ripped it out and went to a plain stockinette with a double-garter cuff. It feels like a comfort sock to me.
I liked it so much that I started on the second one right away!