A long session Skyping with my daughter had me finish these socks this morning. I put them on, and immediately felt like I’d put on a pair of the Grinch’s socks! The colourway, combined with the scrunched-down look I gave the sock leg are quite ‘pixie’ in effect. So cute!
It’s so nice to have a fresh, new pair of socks to wear. Yes, these are MINE!!! I cast them on as my “to knit when Skyping and waiting for Eric to finish his supper” socks, so they have taken a while to complete. I think the thing I like most about knitting socks is that when you are done, you are done. It’s such a buzz to get to the last little bit and see a completed object in front of me. All you have to do (generally) is weave in the tail, kitchener the toe (unless you’ve done toe-up, and then there’s even one less step!), and you’re done!
Here they are before I kitchenered the toe (I always try them on at this stage to make sure I’ve got the length right before finishing).
Although I block everything else I do, I don’t bother with socks. My philosophy is that they get blocked on the feet. ;p
I’m not entirely happy with the way the stitches look. I cast on 60 stitches, which creates a nice fitting sock except that the stitches then look a bit stretched. However, 64 stitches only work when I have a finer yarn – in the yarn I’ve used (no longer available), the socks ends up being too loose. I suppose I could have used smaller needles, and 64 stitches. I used 2.5mm needles, but could have gone down to 2.25mm (size 1). That would have given me less width, but more fabric to stretch at the bits that needed to.
Alternatively, I’m thinking that perhaps when I turn the heel, I shouldn’t reduce back down to 60, but stop at 64 stitches, to provide more give in that area. I could then reduce for the toe a bit sooner, and have a more gentle toe decrease to get rid of the extra width.
Any expert sock knitters out there who have an opinion? I’d love to have some advice!