I've hardly knit a stitch in the past few weeks, but there's a whole stash of fos that go back to the beginning of the year. I will be heading off for vacation in ten days, and I would like to post most of that pile, before I forget all the details of the projects. (Don't you hate it when that happens?) Let's start with the most recent knits: summer socks in simple patterns.
The pattern is Jules (it's free!), knit in Shibui sock yarn (color peacock, 2 skeins). I was worried that this yarn would pool, so I chose this pattern which has purl ridges and slip stitches. I think I changed the cuff slightly, and subbed a round toe. I knit the 60 st size on 2 mm needles, and there was only a bit of pooling in the gusset area.
I really liked knitting with this yarn, and the pattern is highly recommended if you're looking for a simple pattern. Into the sock drawer these go! Next, some socks for my fil's birthday in mid-June. It was easy deciding on socks for his present because my mil had been hinting that the last pair I made him (Log Cabins), though nice and toasty on those odd cold days, couldn't be worn in his shoes. Good point! :-)
Here, they're worn by a reluctant model; the hubby has the same sized feet as his dad, so no guesswork about that. These are the Ringwood socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks, knit in Lorna's Laces sock in Charcoal, 2 skeins. Rather than doing calf decreases, I knit the whole thing in 72 st but made the leg sections shorter.
Can you tell the difference between the left and right pictures? After I finished knitting the socks, I was a little dismayed by the banding, which took me off-guard since this was a semi solid color, so I overdyed them with charcoal dye (Country Classics). The colors do look more blended after the dye job, right? ;-) And these are my Project Spectrum air socks!
These stripy socks are for H, the 12 year old with size 41 feet. Yeeps. Pretty soon, all the boys will have bigger feet than me and as much as I like knitting socks, I think they'll be generally of the st st or very, very simple pattern variety, especially since they'll outgrow them so quickly. This pattern (Crenellated toe-up socks) is from Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks, Warm Feet. The toe is started with a small garter stitch square, and the sock is knit into a tube, with contrasting yarn knit in for heel placement. I like the way the heel stripes up when knit this way, but I wish there was a way to not have gaping holes at the corners to fix up at the end.
I couldn't decide whether to have square or diamond toes, so I made one of each. I hope H can still fit into these when cold weather arrives.
H picked this colorway himself, Kaffe Fassett Regia sock yarn in the Twilight colorway. We're going fishing tomorrow, and he's better at that than I am at knitting, so I'm hoping we'll have some fresh fish for dinner!