#8 & 9

There’s been a dry spell on socks. Unless there was another pair of finished socks that I can’t remember. Completely possible.

October Socks (Socks #8)

Yarn: I can’t remember — Lana Grossa?
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: My standard toe up socks with 64 stitches around.

It was a limited time colorway, sold in hanks.  The colors reminded me of fall colors.  I worked on these during SOAR.  The first sock was finished during the field trip to HTTM.  My eyes were on the fall colors in the hillsides from the bus.  My fingers were working on these socks.

I’m rather disappointed how the yarn patterning turned out.  It’s too mottled for my taste.

November Socks (Socks #9)

Yarn: Handspun Spunky Eclectic 100% BFL; 3 ply; fingering weight; spun in October 2008.
Colorway: Burning Bush
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Standard toe-up socks with waffle cuffs.

Waffle pattern:
Row 1 & 2: k2, p2
Row 3 & 4: k

The yarn is extremely cushy.  I was aiming for the look of my favorite sock yarn — Zitron’s Trekking XXL.  I love how Trekking gently flows from one color to another without repeats.  I think I really came close with this.  I stripped the roving into thirds lengthwise, but otherwise, just let things happen.  The yarn is still thicker than Trekking, but it’s much softer and has more loft.

Granted, it probably won’t wear nearly as well, since it is 100% BFL, but it is lovely.

I added the waffle pattern to the cuff, because I’ve always loved the Blueberry Waffle sock pattern, but have never actually made a pair because I merrily knit along and forget to switch to pattern.

I started out the year making about 2 pairs of socks per month. It was because I was trying out a bunch of different toe/heel methods. Things have slowed down dramatically since then. I wonder if I can average 1 pair a month for the year? 7 weeks remaining for 3 more pairs. We’ll see.  Maybe there’s a miracle and there were completed socks that I forgot to document.