another FO down

(Who am I, Jennie, with all the completion of projects!?) The commuting socks are done!

finished green socks

I love them. After the little photo shoot, I threw on some jeans, my black shoes, and went grocery shopping while wearing them. Love!

Now, I have to admit something. Gotta come clean. No more hiding. Because even though they were my commuting socks, I ended up finishing them while not commuting. I probably knit the last 3 or so hours of them at my friend’s apartment. I’d knit on them while getting over to her apartment, and once there I decided to keep on going–I was so close to done! We cooked a big dinner that had a lot of down time (a pot roast), and then we watched a movie, so I knit happily away. I finished the second one almost the exact moment the end credits came up, and I sewed in the ends on the bus ride home.

So now, of course, I have nothing to do tomorrow on the way to work. The plan for today is to pick a new project, I guess.

finished green socks

Pattern: None, just a 60-stitch stockinette sock
Needles: US 1; used magic loop
Yarn: Koigu (gift from Laura!)
Toe: Magic cast-on, starting with 14 stitches on a side
Heel: Short-row
Cuff: Plain old k1,p1, about an inch or so.
Started: Sunday, January 21
Finished: Saturday, February 3
Other Notes: If you look closely, you will probably see that the cuffs are not the same length–the socks themselves are not the same length. I did my best to get them the same size, but there just wasn’t as much yarn in the second skein, apparently. I decided to go with the “aw, fuck it” school of knitting, and didn’t bother to take out any of the first sock’s extra height. Because I love them, they’re still wonderful.

The second skein actually had a knot in it–shocking for Koigu. I untied it and balled up the skein as two balls, but even with the little overlap for starting the new ball, it wasn’t coming close to the length of the first skein.

28 Responses to another FO down

  1. Lynne E. says:

    They’re actually different lengths! And I was thinking that they were falling down. :-) Very pretty socks, and congrats for remembering that “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

  2. hpny knits says:

    socks look very comfy! I love koigu socks!
    I am very big fan of: “aw, fuck it” school of knitting! socks will slouch at uneven rate any way! knit and be happy!

  3. Jennie says:

    They’re lovely! such a nice shade of green and in koigu too, which I’ve decided is now my absolute favorite sock yarn. It’s nice to treat yourself to a pair of comfy socks (even if they are two different heights!).

    And it seems I’ve passed the FO mojo on to you, ’cause i can’t seem to finish _anything_ these days!

  4. Penelope says:

    I saw that first sock at the cafe– that was quick getting the second sock done. They look great! I am glad I found your blog and love your patterns!

  5. Rachel says:

    Funny that as I finally knit patterned socks, you knit plain. Maybe somehow the balance of the universe rests on one of us always knitting each.

    Then again, possibly not.

    They look really great. And minty.

  6. Mom says:

    Unless you’re going to do the “Florida Old Man” sock with sandals and shorts look, who would know they’re not the same length. :) Love the color. XO

  7. Zonda says:

    I just love plain socks!! Nothing to stress the mind every once in a while! I like your idea of starting your magic toe with 14 stitches too, less pointy! Thanks!

  8. Karma says:

    Love these socks! I just started my own koigu toe-up socks with pretty much the same recipe as yours, except I’m doing ribbed. Yours are pretty and minty. Yay!

  9. knittingphilistine says:

    Love ’em! I’ve still never tried a) koigu; and b) knitting your sock patterns. I continue to be stumped by toe up. Hrm… I just can’t seem to manage it. And the koigu? Well, there really isn’t any excuse for that. I tell you, the second I figure out toe up, it’ll be a Minty sockfest up in this piece!

  10. heather says:

    There’s nothing wrong with plain ol’ stockinette socks… especially when knit with gorgeous yarn. I think for the carry-around project it is better to have a bit of a no-brainer, I get so irritated when interrupted in the midst of a complicated repeat to get back to real life! So, embrace the stockinette sock. Stock up on fabulous, not to be obscured by extra pattern, sock yarn and enjoy your commute!

  11. kristen says:

    Hurray for finished socks! Don’t feel bad for finishing them while not commuting. You didn’t sign anything saying you would. They look great, and I love knitting with Koigu.

    Hey, I’m having a blog contest over at my blog. To enter, you just write a haiku (no pressure; winner will be picked randomly). The winner will receive a set of handmade (by me) beaded stitch markers. Tell all your friends!

  12. Laura says:

    boo! the Koigu wasn’t perfect! The socks are cute and no one will ever notice that they aren’t the same length. Except that you just pointed out the difference here for everyone in the world to see.

  13. nova says:

    Nice mitts and GREAT socks, even with the non-matching lengths…didn’t even notice till you mentioned it. I like the colors, and what’s not to love about Koigu, knots and all?

  14. Mia says:

    You mean your socks are supposed to be exactly the same length? Mine are always very close. They are your socks. make them be what you want them to me. And I love the color.

  15. Sheila says:

    Gee, we are knitting the same yarn in the same pattern! Mine are not wearable yet, but I can see what they will lok like. This is my first experience with Koigu and I love then feel of it. Happy green socks day!

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