Finally – an FO in 2014. I’ve knitted a ton this year but haven’t been able to concentrate on anything. So when the desire to finish these socks popped up last weekend I ran with it.
I started these socks back in February so you might need a refresher.
It started out as this yarn.
15 Colour Rainbow by Fab Funky Fibres in her 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon base
I knit the first sock (also in February)
The knitting was simple – my standard toe-up on 2.25mm over 66 sts. At the suggestion of a blog reader I used the Crystal Socklet afterthought heel (LOVE IT!).
The “hardest” part was keeping track of the stripes on sock 1 so I could match them for sock 2.
After finishing the first sock I was disappointed at how short they were. I’d never knitted an afterthought heel so I wasn’t sure how long to make them. Had I had more experience I would have made them longer.
And that would have been a mistake.
One of the lessons this sock taught be was just how much yarn I used up matching the stripes. Fifteen colors sure makes for a lot of waste. After I finished sock #2 I knew I wouldn’t have had enough to do much more. Maybe 2 more stripes on the leg but that’s it. So we’ll chalk that up to dumb luck.
I also worked the heel over more than half the sts – I did 3 more on each side. While they do fit I don’t think it’s necessary given the extra shaping this heel has – you decrease at different rates as you get closer to the end of the heel and the decreases are done in a 4-point spiral. No biggie though – it’ll just be that much quicker next time.
But let’s not focus on the things I’d do differently next time. Because people – I FINISHED A PAIR OF SOCKS.
Just in time for summer.
I’ll catch you on the purl side…