This is one of the posts I've been meaning to write for a long, long time but somehow never seem to have the time to begin. Part of the reason this post has become such a daunting tast is that I took about fifty pictures of these socks from cast-on to finished project. At the time I took those pictures, of course, I planned on writing all of these little work-in-progress posts. But they never happened. So, here goes.
I started these socks near the end of October when I had a few days of swelling in my ankles and found that all of my socks were too constricting to wear. I decided I needed at least one pair of hand-knit socks as a little treat for the days when I really needed toasty toes and comfortable ankles.
I used The Knitting Fiend's Sock-u-lator II again (I used it for the first pair of socks I ever knit too...the never ending Cascade Fixation Socks). I used Hello Yarn's wonderful figure eight cast on tutorial rather than the backward loop method. The yarn is Knitpick's Memories in Fly Fishing. I started out with two skeins and still have some from each ball left over.
These socks knitted up pretty quickly - I spent one very enjoyable evening watching Good Will Hunting while wearing one sock and working on the other.
Then, I decided that the first sock was too short and decided to rip back, knit a few more inches of stockinette, re-knit the ribbing and cast-off again. Except. I had already woven in my end and wound up performing sock butchery:
And to make sure these socks wouldn't cause me any ankle grief during my pregnancy, I used the Knitting Fiend's tutorial for binding off loosely in rib to get a nice stretchy edge.
Now I have a wonderful pair of socks that keep my feet so warm.
And since I had leftover yarn, wanted to try two socks on two circulars and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my firstborn, I decided a matching pair for the babe was just the thing. Only I found out that with socks this tiny, it's easier just to do both socks on one circular.
And they took practically no time at all--great for that sometimes necessary finished-project-fix. And I know they're soooo tiny, but they are also super stretchy (the tops of the feet and the entire leg are k1, p1 rib) and they are for when this baby is just a wee little* newborn.
Oy vey! I can't believe it's almost 11:30 and I'm still up! Work tomorrow is going to be not so much fun.
* Granted, my baby might not be such a "wee little" one. I was my mom's biggest at nine-three and twenty-one and a half inches long. But that's nothing compared to my husband; he was ten-two and twenty-three and five-eighths inches long. Yes. He was two feet tall when he was born. He practically walked out.