Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Reverse purple socks

If you get within three weeks of Christmas and you still haven't started any of the three pairs of socks you wanted to make for gifts, probably you're in trouble.  So it's a good thing I did start one actual sock, isn't it?

This is the first time I can think of that I've knit a pair of socks in sport weight without ribbing the entire leg, and I am so impressed with the way these flat stitches are coming out!  The yarn is Twisted Fiber Art's 'Playful', in a club colourway which I think is called High Tea.  I'm pretty sure it was from the Downtown Abbey club.

The other first here is that instead of knitting with the striped yarn and doing the heels and toes in the solid, I'm doing the main sections in solid, because Jan loves purple.  Actually I would have done the whole sock in the solid but I feared I did not have enough yarn for that.

Instead, I've kind of backed myself into a corner.  I started off with a brown part of the stripe without really paying attention, and it came out perfectly balanced, which means I have to make the cuff of the second sock match perfectly because I am compulsive about the matchy.

Le sigh.  I don't think Jan will care if I don't get it right, because she will never, ever want to wear wool socks except for evening walks in the dead of winter, and nobody will be looking at her sock cuffs then, right?

So maybe it's enough just to say Wow about the conciseness of each stitch and how dense and lovely the fabric is turning out on 2.5mm needles (well, 2.75mm square needles, if you want to get picky about it.)

I can't wait till I see how the heel comes out!

Okay, time for us all to go have productive days, especially if we have to check out later this evening for some serious gift knitting time.  Take care and I will see you tomorrow.

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