Pattern: Leybrun by MintyFresh
Yarn: 2 skeins KPPPM in colorway 856
Needles: KnitPicks US 0 circs
Began: May 14, 2009; Completed: December 29, 2009 (Raveled here.)
Notes: I love these socks. J bought me the yarn several Christmases ago, and I love the colors; they go from a dark, almost-black purple to small runs of fuchsia, wine, and deep aubergine. The colors are just gorgeous, and I really wanted to find a pattern to show them off. I’d been eyeing Leybrun for a while, and I thought the slipped stitches might show-off the yarn’s subtle variegation. Boy, was I right!
I cast-on for these the night before our rehearsal dinner in May. We had a house full of friends, family members were in town, and the next day we were heading to the inn for our wedding weekend. Needless to say, I was rather nervous and thought socks would be a good project to distract me. I ended up taking the socks on our honeymoon and did some knitting on the airplane (not too much, though, as I’m such a nervous flyer that my hands get embarrassingly sweaty), and I didn’t pay much attention to them after finishing the first sock in June. I picked these back up this fall, turned the heel, and then picked them up again over break to finish them. My only mods were to sub twisted rib for standard 1×1 ribbing, as I do with most of my sock cuffs.
Don’t let my long time to completion dissuade you: this is a great pattern! I was merely focusing my knitting time on various gift projects and a sweater. Now that they’re done, though, I can’t wait for the snow to be gone. These go rather high up my calf (I used every last bit of yarn) and will keep me nice and warm. I don’t want to hide these socks under boots, however; I plan to wear them as I do in the picture, with cute black flats to show off the stitches. These babies want to be seen! I love the socks, and I really loved the yarn. I’ve never knitted socks out of KPPPM before, mainly because I didn’t want socks that I’d have to hand wash. After a blocking, however, I can see why this yarn has so many devotees: the fabric is squishy, warm, and springy. These are some comfy socks and, if I say so myself, quite good-looking to boot. This project makes me wonder why I don’t knit more socks for myself. They’re sweaters for your feet. What’s not to love?