Pattern: Improvised, toe-up
Yarn: Schaefer Anne leftovers from my Old Shale Scarf
Needless: Knit Picks 0 circs
Notes: These were learning socks in a lot of ways. I tried the magic cast-on method for the first time, as well as the short-row heel for the first time, with these puppies. They were also my first socks on two circs, and I think all three of these methods will be my go-tos for generic socks. They’re just a basic toe-up, stockinette sock with a short-row heel (using this tutorial and formula at Knitty for fit). I really like the magic cast-on, as I’m still a little nervous about the provisional cast-on method. I’ll try it some day, I’m sure.
Overall, I’m quite pleased. They were started back in September, and I used to knit them while waiting for Jason at school when he was subbing. They got worked on occasionally, and never really were the project I was concentrating on. I finished the first at my aunt and uncle’s house on Thanksgiving, and then they got tossed aside while I worked on Pop-Pop’s socks. I really liked my progress on the heel of his socks as well as tubular bind-off, so I went back and re-did that on the first of these, ripping out to the heel. I didn’t mind; my first attempt at the short-row heel left some holes and definitely lots of room for improvement, and the perfectionist in me wanted socks I could be proud of. I most certainly am*.
The yarn produced a fabric that is warm, fuzzy, soft, and yet will hopefully be durable because of the nylon content. It pooled a bit, but I don’t care; other than that it created spiral stripes around my leg. It did split a little, but I dealt with it okay. The colors are gorgeous, and you cannot beat the yardage. With one hank I’ve knitted a lace scarf of a good length, toe-up socks, and have enough for some stripes or the toe for socks, etc., maybe even some footies if I can stretch it. Can’t beat it!
You’ll notice that I’m posing oddly in this photo. It’s to camouflage the fact that the legs are a little bit off in length; one is about 3/4 of an inch longer than another. I’ve decided it’s charming, and not at all a badge of shame. I wore them on this snowy Monday with pride, and my feet were happy all day. I’m starting to really like sock knitting, and I think I’ll try and have a pair on the needles all the time. Whoo-hoo!
*Apparently, the most unexpected people notice hand-knit items. Case in point: today I overheard something not typically uttered in a gynecologist’s office: “Wow, homemade socks!” Hilarious.