While these should have been finished on Saturday night, a little interruption in the form of my Ravelry invite arrived early Saturday evening, and so for the rest of the night I was glued to the computer!
But a sustained effort on Sunday morning (whilst brunching with these lovely ladies) saw the second sock finished, ends darned in and all!
Pattern: Traveler's Stocking, from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush (what a great book - highly recommended!). I love this pattern, although as I've previously mentioned, the patterned cuff is a punish to knit. I even bent one of my KnitPicks DPNs in the process! But they look so great, I am so happy with them.
Modifications: I did an eye of partridge heel rather than the pattern heel (which I think from memory was a standard slipped stitch heel). As Bells and I discovered on the weekend, our eye of partridge heels were quite different - we think it is because I slip purlwise, while she slips knitwise - the knitwise slipping makes a thicker squooshier heel. Does anyone know which is the "right" way of doing it? And whether it matters?
Yarn: The Knittery Merino Cashmere sock yarn (old version) in colourway Water Lillies. One skein and a bit (about half of the foot of the second sock is skein #2). This is a good colourway for patterned socks, as the colours don't obscure the pattern very much, and provide some interest on the leg and foot, which only has the clocks down each side. The new version of this yarn has more yardage, and so one skein of the new version might be enough for these socks.
Sticks: I swatched for these socks! And I never swatch for socks! Knitpicks 2.25mm DPNs. It produces quite a tight fabric - in fact, these socks were a little tight over the ankle before I blocked them. If I was making these again, I'd probably use my standard 2.5mm sticks. But you definitely need metal needles for this pattern!Time: 25 May 2007 - 5 August 2007 - about a sock a month! The cuff part definitely took the longest - once I was past that, the leg and foot breezed along quite quickly!
What I learnt: Oh, lots of twisted stitches. Lots and lots and lots. I like the toe of this pattern very much too - not sure what it is called, but it is more of a spiral toe (might be a star of 4 points?). I found it much easier to knit than the wedge toe. And for those of you who hate kitchener, no grafting!