A pair of socks in under a month! That’s a rarity for me.
I figured out a few keys to making it work.
- If there’s a part that will be hard to do on the train (e.g. turning the heel) make sure I get it done at home so I don’t delay.
- No surprise here – cast on for sock 2 AS SOON AS I’M DONE WITH SOCK #1. I didn’t lose any time between the first and second sock.
- Also no surprise – I need to have another commute-friendly project at the ready for times when I just need a break
I love the colors – especially that yellow. I wish I was able to get more white in the sock but I knit them as long as I will wear – any longer and they’d be annoying. I do want to think of something small to pair with the leftovers. Maybe garter strip stripes in a shawl/scarf?
A couple of other things I learned
- I only had 2 bouts with pills – at the start of hank #1 and at the end of hank #2. I’m still planning to be gentle with these socks since they don’t have any nylon in them.
- ChiaoGoo needles are my new favorites for socks. Super-smooth joins and sharp tips. I used the 24″ Red Lace needles. I bought 2 and have a third coming this week. I had originally been turned off by ChiaoGoo because they had a bend in the needle – not good for socks – but the Red Lace don’t have bends.
- Coupling by Deb Barnhill
- Gypsy Girl Creations Transitions in the Viola Bouquet colorway
- Judy’s Magic Cast On
- Smaller gauge so I increased 4 sts on the sole and followed the high instep instructions for the heel flap
- At 4.5 lace reps on the leg, increased from a 7 st rep to a 9 st rep (charts below)
- Knit a total of 6 lace reps on the leg, and then 32 rnds of k2 p1 ribbing
- Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy BO
I love these socks, but you know what the best part is? This is the last of my yarn from Rhinebeck 2011! I have no leftover yarn, and just in time since Rhinebeck is less than 3 weeks away. I already have some ideas for things I’m going to shop for this year, but that’s for another post.
9-stitch repeat (after setup rounds)