Friday, October 26, 2007

Finished: Intercontinental Socks

This surgery thing has done wonders for my finishing of WIPs, let me tell you!


Pattern: basic stockinette with 2x2 ribbed cuff and slip-stitch heel
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon), colorway Dusk, two skeins
Needles: two 12" US 1 (2.5 mm) Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: October 6/October 26
Recipient: my FIL, for Christmas

There's not much to say about these socks, as they are very plain and were a very straightforward (albeit somewhat boring) knit. They were cast on our first afternoon in Venice on our honeymoon and traveled with us to Greece, Turkey, and Croatia. The only thing really noteworthy about these socks is that the legs are an unusual length. Somehow I managed to pack stitch markers, thread scissors, and even tapestry needles with my yarn, but I completely forgot to throw in a tape measure. Without any way to accurately measure length, I relied on what I thought my row gauge was with this yarn (I figured roughly 11 rows/inch) and counted rows. So the cuff is 22 rows long and the rest of the leg is 55. I thought the 77 total rows would be about the 7 inches I normally use for my basic sock pattern; in reality, it's a little less. As I highly doubt my FIL will know this is the case, and I know he'll be thrilled with these socks anyway (he specifically requested "heathered blue" socks a while ago), I'm not sweating it. You can bet I always check to make sure I've got a tape measure now, though!

Now that these are done, I can finally cast on for my new Rockin' Sock Club shipment. I think this may be the first time I've actually started the shipment in the same month in which is was shipped.

5 comments:

Jess said...

Looks great. I have some of that yarn in my stash. It's a really beautiful color. I keep debating making something for myself or Hub with it! lol!

Ooohh... can't wait to see the STR knit up. The yarn is gorgeous!

DPUTiger said...

I know this doesn't help now, but here's a tip for future use: All US paper currency is 6" long. :) Well, 6-1/8", but if you're measuring with a dollar bill, is that 1/8" THAT important?

The_Add_Knitter said...

Convalescence has its bonuses, right? Love your socks!

~Kristie said...

Your FIL will love them! I'm not showing them to DH though. I'm not as patient as you to do so much stockinette.

Yvonne said...

Glad you're doing better!! Love the socks. Will see you in a couple weeks!