I’ve had one helluva productive weekend. All my clothing is put away! The apartment is starting to be livable! I have boxes of books stacked up where a bookcase will go, once I get one, and I believe–I believe–that I can get a cushy chair to complete my living room, the first time I’ve had a living room that could accomodate this.
But enough about the unpacking. Let’s dazzle you all with an FO.
Naturally, I finished them and there is zero daylight left–curses to the changing of the clocks–so these shots were taken in the apartment, and the color is absolutely wrong. These socks originally began as something totally different, and I took those with me down the shore, so you can see a shot here. Or in the skein, back from when I bought the yarn, here. Crazy different, huh? Even sitting with the socks on my lap here, they hardly look their vibrant selves.
Pattern: None; went toe-up. Used the Magic Caston, a short-row heel, and a picot bindoff.
Stitch Pattern: Technically this is the wrong side of Shadow Rib, from Barbara Walker
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, turquoise
Needles: KnitPicks circs in what must be 2.5 mm. I guess that’s US 2? My needle gauge doesn’t have a slot for this size–it’s between 1 and 2. I worked one sock past the heel, put the stitches on a holder, then knit the second sock to the same point. Then I magic looped them together, so I could ensure they would be identical.
Size: Who knows. I can’t find the little piece of paper where I jotted down the needed size, but I recall being told that the recipient’s feet are small but wide. So while I can put them on, they are very stretched out to do so, and, well, I’m just hoping they fit. I went with the standard 60 stitches around, but made them short in length.
Started: Thursday, October 26 (late)
Finished: Sunday, October 29 (early evening)
Notes: I started these on Thursday night just to have some simple knitting for the bus ride to and from work. The socks were just a bit too simple and fast, though, because I finished them so quickly! I now don’t know what I’ll do tomorrow morning on the ride in, but I guess I’ll find something else to start tonight.
These are another gift for one of the women in the boy’s family–one of his sisters. The stitch pattern was so straightforward and not particularly feminine that I tried to offset it with a picot bindoff. I’d never done a picot bindoff on socks before, and to be honest, I do not like it. I’ve never liked it from an aesthetic standpoint, but I really hated executing it. It was so tedious.
Still, I think the edging works for these socks, for this recipient, and I’m overall quite pleased. I wanted to eke out a single pair out of one skein of yarn, and I did. They’re kind of between ankle socks and normal socks, but that just adds to their cuteness.
The stitch pattern as I knit it, for anyone interested, is
Multiple of 3 sts
Row 1: knit
Row 2: *k2, purl 1 thru back loop, rep from *
Check out the other side, which is very cool looking, but didn’t seem right for socks.
I managed to complete two pairs of socks for Socktoberfest! That’s better than I manged in the entire Summer of Socks. And I used a new technique, and I crossed another gift off my list, and I used up some more of the stash–hurray for me!