Pattern: Spey Valley, from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush - cannot praise this book highly enough - I want to knit almost all the patterns in it! I did modify the pattern but adding an extra repeat, so cast on 70 stitches rather than 63 (63 on 2.25mm sticks just not enough!)Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Camouflage, 2 skeins (well, probably 1.5 skeins) - I really like this yarn but think if I buy any more I will get the solid colours as both times I've used the variegated yarns they have pooled around the gusset area. These weren't as bad as my Jaywalkers though!Sticks: 2.25mm KnitPicks metal dpns. I usually knit socks on 2.5mm sticks but decided to go down a size for these - loved the fabric I got with these sticks - very smooshy and not as firm as I feared. But next time, I might try 76 sttitches, these are a fraction tight around the calf although that was pre-blocked.
Time: 15 August 2007 - 2 October 2007 - pretty much got these out of the way before Southern Summer of Socks!What I learnt: This pattern includes a "vikkel braid", which basically looks like sideways knitting, but obviously isn't. Very clever and a feature I plan to incorporate into other socks as a nice finishing touch (eg between the ribbing and the leg part on a plain stocking stitch sock).