Whee! These are the last pair of socks I needed to finish for holiday knitting. The original plan was to incorporate the leftovers from the other Italian series with this last colorway. That didn’t work out because I used up all of the yarn with the Broadripple and Yarrow socks. Nevertheless, these turned out well with the backup coordinating yarn (Patons Kroy in Newport Tan).
I love the little bit of pink and orange at the tops of the cuffs. They blend in so well with each other that I was annoyed by the abrupt change to solid tan. Using the same, plain yarn on the heels helped pull things together. A small part of me does wish I still had some blue and green to include.
The long ribbed cuff is fantastic, even if it took ages to knit. I was worried the stockinette leg section would be baggy, but it blocked out well. By the way, these socks are much bigger than my Size L blockers. That’s why the ribbing looks funny, the top half weren’t blocked out with the rest of the socks.
Because I wanted a hardier sock, I substituted a slip-stitch heel flap for the stockinette version given. The instructions for the heel flap incorporate a few rows of decreases at the end (that blend in with the Dutch heel). I hadn’t read far ahead enough and made the heel flap to my preferred length. Instead of including the flap decreases, I ended up modifying the heel turn slightly to compensate for the wider flap.
I used different needle sizes and/or stitch counts for different sections. The pooling variations are very noticeable, aren’t they? The colors are warm, earthy, and rich, and somehow seem appropriate to Tuscany, the name of this colorway. Someday, I hope to go on a real tour of these Italian areas I ‘visited’ through these socks.
Pattern: “Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock” by Nancy Bush, Knitting Vintage Socks Size: Men’s Yarn: Lane Cervinia Calzetteria, 903 Tuscany (browns), and leftovers from 904 Naples (pinks), and 902 Florence (orange and green) Needles: Takumi Clover US 2 (2.75 mm) and Crystal Palace US 1.5 (2.5 mm) DPNs Started: December 5, 2007 Completed: December 17, 2007