April 11, 2005
One pair of stripey socks, all set for next winter..
Yarn: Regia mini-ringel sock yarn, color 5343, 2 skeins
Needle: Size 1 Crystal Palace DPNs
Size: 66 sts at 8sts/inch; worked heel on 34 sts
Pattern: Sorta followed the sock in Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
Pattern Modifications: adjusted pattern for optimum stripage - 2.5 stripe repeats before the heel
I used nearly all the yarn from each skein, with less than one repeat remaining from each at the end. They don't exactly match, as I didn't check the yarn before starting. If I had checked both skeins, I could have started both with the yellow stripes. But they are pretty close and they don't have to match anyway..
I did not add any reinforcement thread in these areas. The gauge was pretty tight, so I didn't think it was necessary. Also didn't want to tone down the stripe pattern. Time will tell if this was a bad idea.
This was worked at the cuff of each sock for about an inch. It does look lovely, but is kinda tight, and stretches out a bit when worn. It will probably snap back into shape when washed. Overall, the extra effort might not be worth it.
Probably 2/3rds of the second sock was worked while on the subway. I estimate I could complete one sock per week if knitting only while commuting.