Friday, August 29, 2008

A Sprint to the Finish

I meant to post yesterday, but an unfortunate stomach bug sent me home from work early and I was not in a very chatty mood. This was not an illness on the level of some, meaning I was still able to knit, and all that time in bed with my yarn meant that I finished the second one of these up in no time.

Pattern: my basic stockinette (2x2 ribbed cuff, slip-stitch heel flap and gusset, wide toe), worked over 64 stitches
Yarn: Online Linie 3 Supersocke (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon), color 838, one skein
Needles: two 12" US 1 (2.5 mm) Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: August 25/August 29

This yarn had been marinating in the stash for a long time and seemed best suited to a plain sock when I went stash diving. It's not by any means a luxurious yarn; in all honesty, it's a bit scratchy, but it also feels like it will wear quite well. I did a reasonably good job of matching up the stripes, though I didn't intend them to match initially -- in fact, I wasn't even aware that the yarn would stripe at all but expected it to behave more like the yarn I used for these socks.

You can imagine my shock when, upon showing him the first completed sock, The Mister announced that he'd wear "something like that" -- provided it was in relatively muted shades, of course. So, if I can find this yarn in a black/gray colorway, I may have some more socks like this in my future.

As this weekend is Labor Day, these will be my last socks entered in the Natural Stitches Summer of Socks contest. I don't think I'm going to win, but I'm hoping for a close second or third.

For the time being, sock knitting has bored me a bit, so I don't know that I'll be churning them out as quickly as I have in the past few months. However, I've decided that I'm going to be embarking on a project to knit my way through New Pathways. Care to join me?


  1. My goodness, you sure finished those fast - even for you! :)

  2. really nice socks! you'll have to share your basic recipe with those of us who lack one of our own.

    i bought new pathways and would love to knit along--that is, when i can put my hands on the book again :)

  3. Hey, I just cracked that baby open on Wednesday night! I'm starting off with the Sky Master Pattern. In plain stockinette. Me, doing a sock in stockinette. It's shocking, I know...

  4. I've been fascinated by the Coriolis, so I'm in!

  5. New Pathways, huh? Gotta check that one out. Glad you're feeling better, and hope you bring home the (metaphorical, fakin') bacon in the Natural Stitches contest:)

  6. Um ... uh ... well ... I've already knit each architecture at least once? I'm teaching a NP class at Bloomin' in October. You don't need that (!!!) but I'm around if you get confused. These are NOT "normal" socks, they're smarter socks and I love 'em all! You know where to find me! :)

  7. Anonymous3:52 AM

    Your basic recipe always produces a perfect sock!

    A very tempting offer indeed. I've only done the baby socks and taken the class. You think I'd be wanting to knit from the book by now. Hmmm....