Saturday, April 28, 2007

Finished: Most Boring Socks

Pattern: Stockinette with 2x2 ribbed cuffs and short row heels and toes
Yarn: Greenwood Fiberworks handpainted cotton/lycra sock yarn, colorway Winter Sky, one skein
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) 12" Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: April 12/April 27*

I am so relieved that these are finally done. As I mentioned before, this yarn is less than exciting to knit with; fortunately this skein didn't shed the way the first skein did. The real reason for knitting this yarn was that I knew these socks would soon become among my favorites once I finally finished them. I throw these in the washing machine and the dryer; they shrink up a bit but them stretch nicely to hug the foot, and they're the most cushion-y, squishy socks to wear.

One thing I did love about this yarn is that it behaved extremely well for a variegated colorway. It's hard to capture the full range of color on camera -- there are shades of pinkish purple, periwinkle, turquoise-y blue, and very pale blue -- but there was absolutely no pooling with this yarn. You can see that the overall tone is purple, and I have to say that the color does remind me of a winter sky (ever notice that in the winter, when it's been snowing, the light is kind of purplish?). These are ready to go in the wash in anticipation of their first wearing.

I took a day off yesterday and got half of the second sleeve of my Forecast done after finishing these socks. I was planning to try to finish it this weekend, but it looks like I'll be turning all my attention (for the time being) to the Baby Surprise Jacket -- we heard this morning that my cousins had a baby boy! I'm glad I put the BSJ aside for a bit; now I'll know which side to put the buttonholes on and I can make some boyish accessories to go with it. I have a new cousin, yay!

*Further evidence that these socks were the equivalent of a black hole of knitting -- since when does it take me more than two weeks to finish a pair of simple stockinette socks?!


  1. So this means now you can start on the socks with that yummy STR yarn, no?

    I miss the club :-( I didn't join this year... I think I'll go fondle some stash...

  2. The socks and yarn are lovely! I have to say that plain stockinette socks are my absolute favorite. I'm a little on the dull side, though :)

    Congratulations on the new cousin!

  3. Yes I agree the socks are lovely, and socks that rock should be up next. I got my latest kit last week and yummy I love it! I am not sure if I want to do the pattern that came with it, but I probably will with a bit of mods.

  4. I still need to knit the lovely Greenwood Fibers you sent me. I've frogged twice. I think I knit too tight and need to relax my tension.

    BTW, where did you get Addi Turbos in 2.25mm? Addis are my favorite. I have 2.0mm and 2.5mm but didn't know they have 2.25! That is my preferred knitting size.