I cheated on my cheater project (the washcloths).
Pattern: 8 Stitches per Inch Socks from Get Started Knitting Socks
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball in colorway 1702, approximately 65 g/298.4 yards
Timeline: 3.17.14 – 4.7.14
Needles: Aluminum DPNs, US size 1
Opinions: I’m glad I finally made something out of this book! The instructions were easy to follow, and I did fine as long as I followed them — no overthinking required. I’m glad I put in lifelines on the first sock, but found I didn’t need them for the second.
As for the yarn, I’m on the fence. It was very loosely spun, and I’m not sure how well the heel will hold up to wear since my gauge on two needles is looser. Also, the big patch of red on the leg of one sock isn’t appealing — and did the color scheme start moving backwards? But the colors of the yarn kept me going.
My Modifications: I did ten rows of 1×1 rib and the rest of the leg in 2×2. For my next pair, I am stopping the ribbing at least an inch before it hits the foot, as it’s loose around my ankle. Also, the long-tail cast on wasn’t loose enough and I will have to wear these socks with a folded cuff. (This is how I wear most of my socks, so I’m okay with that.) I did a slipped-stitch heel.
Random Thoughts: Although I did not join in, Boston Knitter ran a sock KAL on her blog. It certainly was nice to know that I wasn’t the only person in the entire universe trying to make a sock at that moment!
This is my first “real” pair. I’ve done toe-up/afterthought heel and plenty of loom socks, but this one involved a heel flap and turning the heel and words like gusset. Also, I’m not thrilled about the color change when I go back to knitting the foot, but I’m not sure I’d like doing the afterthough heel, either. I can live with it for now.
This yarn has been stashed for almost four years. I even have 33 grams left. Dare I risk making a third sock? Nah … not yet. Time for something new!