well well. you finish one pair of socks and look what happens, you finish another pair.
these are the flirtini socks i have been working on for far too long, my first yarntini self-striping club purchase. i love this colourway, but i wanted to make socks for my sister, who does that crazy roller derby thing, and these kind of matched her team colours, and you know, she just had to have them.
so finally, she will. have them (although i am loathe to take them off my own feet). they are not without trauma these socks. they were knit toe up on a 2.5mm knitpicks fixed cable, using the magic loop method. the first one had a short row heel and a normal (but loose) cast off. did not like the short row heel at all, and the cast off was too tight. sigh. second sock used a gusset heel (much better) but was too loose on the leg for sister. attempts at decrease shaping looked, well, stupid, so it got ripped back to the foot and reknitted. finished with a sewn bind off. cuff of sock one then ripped and also refinished with a sewn bind off. much better.
the yarn is amazing. its so soft and smooth, the texture reminds me most closely of koigu. the stripes are so well done, i could have matched them perfectly, if i was that way inclined. which im not. they are close though. love (1000).
i so enjoyed making these socks, i have so enjoyed FINISHING some socks, that i have started another pair.
these are for me to go to NY with, the yarn is Fibranatura Yummy in Grilled Chillies colourway, and its fairly variegated, but i didnt want to just knit plain socks, so these are constructed using one of the neverfail Nancy Bush rib recipes in knitting vintage socks. this particular pattern is the Oak Ribbed socks with a french heel and a round toe, but i might do a different toe. will see how i feel when i get there. i cast on over two needles to get a very loose cast on, and then i eschewed the usual tight rib cuff and went straight into the leg ribbing. the cuff tightness has been an issue for too long, so i really needed to try something different. they might look a bit dodgy here, but i know they will look fine on.
my sock mojo has been MIA since very early this year (i cast on those flirtinis in february). i dont know whether its the weather, or all the car knitting i’ll be doing this flyball season, or the fact that i can not bear to look at another cardigan pattern, but the sock and shawl mojo is back.