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I’ve not felt like blogging or reading blogs lately. Right now, spending more than a hour at the computer gives me a headache. I’ve also been craving stimulation, knit-wise. Instead of the straightforward projects I have lined up, I want to knit something a bit more exciting, and not sock-related. Perhaps a lace shawl? Colorwork mittens?
Anyway, today is the last day of June, and I’ve got some finished socks to post! I love, love this colorway. One sock appears to have darker colors than the other. The difference is subtle—I certainly didn’t notice it while knitting or washing or modeling these socks. The zig-zags are mirrored on each sock, a terrific, if subtle, touch.
This was a nice pattern to knit, not too complicated, but still requires one’s attention every now and then. I’m not fond of lacy socks, but the amount of lace was just right for me.
This 66-stitch pattern is actually a little bit too big in the instep for me. If I knit these socks again for myself (or for someone with narrow feet), I should delete one of the purl stitches in each repeat for better-fitting 60-stitch insteps. I used US 1 (2.25 mm) needles for the foot, and was getting a firm enough fabric that I did not want to go down a smaller needle size.
I did go up to a US 1.5 (2.5 mm) after the first half-repeat in the leg section. I also tried for the first time the decrease bind-off as described by Theresa in this Knitty article, but with US 2 (2.75 mm) needles. The result was wonderful; a nice smooth edge that was firm but stretchy at the same time. I was thrilled when I tried on the socks and did not feel any constriction at all at the top.
Pattern: “River Valley Socks” by Anni Design, June 2007 pattern for Sockamania Size: Women’s Medium Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, Mustang Sally Needles: Crystal Palace 6? US 1 (2.25mm) and US 1.5 (2.5mm) and Clover 7″ US 2 (2.75 mm) DPNs Started: June 8, 2007 Completed: June 28, 2007