Or belated Socktober catching up.
I finished Unst from knitting on the road last month. This sock was something of a struggle for me. I started it the first week of August with the Knitting on the Road Knit Along group. I started three times before coming up with a winning combination of needle size and yarn.
For the first attempt, I used navy blue Regia (from stash, of course) and cast on the suggested number of stitches with the suggested 2.25 mm needles. As I knit the cuff I kept thinking that it looked a lot small. But I was traveling, and it was the only knitting in my bag, so I kept going. I finally tried it on. That cuff would not fit over my heel. Riiip. I tried again--same yarn on 2.5 mm needles. That fit all right, but navy lace and pasty white girl skin is not a good combination.
The successful sock combines a lighter colored, slightly heavier yarn on the same 2.5 mm needles.
Pattern: Unst from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Varigated Pink Mer-made Fingering from Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill. I bought the yarn at the 2003 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I enjoyed knitting with this yarn--it is soft and almost as sproingy as good cormo. I'm a little concerned that it is going to pill with wear since the first sock got a little fuzzy just from being tried on to test the fit.
Needles, Notions and accessories: US 1.5 DPNs and a darning needle.
Time:For the final pair: 42 days from September 1 and October 13, 2006. If I add the two false starts on these socks they took an extra month.
I enjoyed the challenge of the columns and arches lace pattern. And the knitting change from my usual toe up, picot hem, short row heel sock. I am also realizing that traditional heel flap and gusset socks fit my strange little feet better than short row heels. I am not sure if I feel strongly enough about the better fit to knit all my socks with a flap and gusset, but I am not actively changing patterns to short row heels if they are written differently. This sock pattern also used a round toe--which I've never tried before. I think I like it, but I haven't worn these socks enough times to make a final verdict. I expect to knit these socks again someday--maybe in some lovely Minds Eye Yarns merino-tencel sock yarn.
In other news, something blew into Northern Virginia on the warm wind today. I've been in a sneezy histimine haze all day. Luckily, I had planned to telecommute, so I only had to wander upstairs for a much needed afternoon nap when the drugs took over my brain.