Thursday, February 08, 2007

Finished: J's Valentine's Socks

Since these are his Valentine's Day gift, here's a little sock love for you:

Yes, I did take the time to arrange these socks into a heart. Why, did you want to see the typical sock shot? Okay, here you go:

Pattern: Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock (aka J's favorite sock) from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Universal Yarn Co. Pace (75% superwash wool, 25% polyamide), color 10, two skeins
Needles: Two 12" US 1 Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: February 1/February 7
Recipient: my darling fiance, for Valentine's Day (don't worry, he knows he's getting these and he's already seen them in progress)
Mods: decreased toes to 18 sts and grafted, rather than decreasing to 14 sts and pulling the yarn through all of them.
These are my February socks for SAM3. Although I already had a pair of socks in progress (the pair for my Sockret Pal, to be specific), I really wanted to follow the spirit of this KAL by starting and finishing a pair of socks in the span of the month. Although these socks are indeed a fast knit -- and they only took me as many days as they did because I spent many hours last weekend working on J's sweater instead -- stockinette takes longer when you're knitting for a foot that's 10 1/2" long!
When I got to the toe of the second sock, I encountered the same problem with more instep stitches than sole stitches as I had on the first sock. It was only at that point that I thought to take another look at the pattern -- and discovered that I was supposed to have transferred the two offending stitches from the instep to the sole stitches back at the beginning of the gussets. D'oh! I guess I don't have the pattern memorized, or at least not completely. Fortunately J won't care and is just excited to have another pair of socks in his favorite pattern. I'm just thrilled he finally let me knit him a pair in an actual color!
My spring Interweave Knits arrived today, so I could finally get a closer look at the patterns. I will definitely be knitting Grumperina's socks, and Eunny's socks are just gorgeous, although I have a feeling they'd be a project I'd start and never quite finish (not to mention that I don't think they'd be able to get up over my calves and I have no idea how to incorporate shaping into entrelac). One thing I really like about this issue is the new layout/design of the magazine. The pages seem a lot less cramped and the patterns are easier to read as a result. I also like the photo pages of the projects without the actual pattern, which gives you a chance to just consider the knit without having think about all the technical stuff yet.
Which project do you want to knit first from this issue?


Knitting Bandit said...

Oh, man! I was too lazy to get my mail after work! Now it's cold and dark and I have my PJ's on...what if my magazine is waiting for me out there in the cold? Your red SAM3 socks are cool. I like the heart photo. I didn't even see the heart until you mentioned it! :-)

Jenn said...

I think I'm going to be making Grumperina's socks, but I'm going to have to fudge them to make them fit my feet, I think they'll be a little bit to narrow. I liked the brown cardigan (I can't remember what it's called, it was by Veronik Avery), but I don't know that it would look right on me.

Are you going to the festival on Saturday?

Donna said...

The socks are great. I wish my hubby would let me knit more socks for him.

wendy said...

Lucky you - being able to knit such a bright colour for you other half. Me I'm knitting Railway Pattern socks from KVS in grey with light blue stripes (how exciting) Can't wait for IK to arrive - I recently subscribed so it will be my first experience, however it may take a little while to reach England so I'll have to wait in anticipation for a while.

Amanda said...

Dang, you ARE the knitting queen! I started one on Feb 3, in WORSTED, on size SIX and I'm not even done with THAT. Part of it is because I'm usually comatose in the evening. :-)