how i knit to stay sane

February 22, 2008

Finished-Up Friday

Filed under: Uncategorized — K @ 11:01 am

Dad’s Socks!  Okay, that’s a bit of a gimme, but, seriously, you can’t expect me to turn out huge finished projects weekly!  (You don’t, do you?  Do you?!?  If you do, what’s your secret???)  But I really enjoyed making these quick knits, and I’ve already cast on for a pair of thick-knit socks for Brandon, too.  If you have men with big feet in your life, really, this is the way to go!

Dad’s socks (kindly modeled by Brandon):

The green yarn is a worsted weight, to give more padding and structure to the “busy parts” of the socks.  I used Mission Falls 1824 wool, in spruce, which is an aran weight super-wash that I’ve never heard of before.  I bought it because, well, it was on sale at Cloverhill, and I liked the feel.  It was great to work with, and I’ll be interested to hear from Dad how it washes and wears.  The self-striping is Adriafil Knitcol, colorway 42.  It’s a DK weight, and was also nice to work with.  There’s exactly one ball in each sock.  I was a little disappointed that the yarn had been broken “too many” times for my taste — one ball had two knots tied in it, and the other had three.  One of the knots was by the “odd”stripe on one of the feet (did you notice — One of these stripes is not like the others!  One of these stripes just doesn’t belong!), so it looks like someone caught the issue and broke the yarn to restart the striping.  I did cut extra yarn at that point to make the rest of the stripes line up again.

I worked toe-up on size 5’s, with an invisible cast-on of the green yarn, increased to 48, switched to the striping yarn, and worked a 2×2 rib on the top of the foot to the heel.  I worked a “reverse heel-flap” heel, with the green on the pad of the heel.  The leg continued in a 2×2 rib to the top, where I switched back to the green for 12 rows of ribbing.  All yarn is super-wash.  If I were to make these again, I’d use a thicker yarn than the DK weight for a heftier feel all around, but I wanted to experiment with using different weights, and experiment I did!  I hope that Dad enjoys his Wisconsin socks!

(Me?  I’ve already cast on for a pair of maze socks from Sensational Knitted Socks for Brandon….)

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