Like most knitters, I usually have a pair of socks on the needle. Easy to carry around, you can work them whenever you find yourself waiting around. For the most part, I knit to my basic sock pattern but after having knit the 1900 sock pattern I wanted to knit something patterned.
Somewhere in my travels I picked up a skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in a pretty oatmeal color called "Steel Cut Oats." This yarn is 50% wool, 30% alpaca & 20% nylon so I thought it might be a very nice sock yarn. I've used the Ultra Alpaca yarn, which was very nice to knit with, but this is a bit splitty.
With size 1 needles, I cast on 64 stitches. I knit about 2 inches of knit 2/purl 2 and then started the pattern. The pattern is 4 stitches of a traveling yarn over, purl 1, cable 2, purl 1. The traveling yarn over pattern is pretty basic:
Row 1: Yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 2
Every other row is knit plain.
Row 3: Knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 1
Row 5: Knit 2, yarn over, knit 2 together
The cuff is worked for about 7 inches before starting the heel.
I should be able to get a pair out of 1 skein (433 yards).
I like the texture of the 2-stitch cable and it's very easy to work without having to use a cable needle.
Center Diamond Afghan progress:
I don't have a new picture yet but I've finished the 2 short sides of the afghan and have finally picked up for the first long side - 254 stitches.