Here they are, my first pair of Socktober socks! Why the vino? Because Carolyn challenged us all to be creative in the way we document our sox, and because these are knit in KnitPicks Simple Stripes in the Vineyard colorway. These were made with the Magic Loop method, toe-up, with short row toes and heels. Such a rockin' method for socks. There's something very elegantly efficient about combining short row toes and heels with the circular needles. They're short because I like anklets and I was seriously anxious to get them on my feet!
I'd have had these done sooner, but I had to do a little frogging and reknitting on the first one. First of all, as I was finishing the second sock, I had to start a new ball of yarn. And I realized that it was wound the opposite direction than the other ball I used. That is, the colors were occurring in the opposite order. Now I know there's probably an easy way to solve this problem, but the only one I could think of involved rolling up a ball of yarn from the skein. And we all know that I am a Lazy Knitter.
Also, the first sock I did had a little 2x2 rib and then a rolled stockinette top. It looked really cute and casual with this sock. But even though I bound off with a size 5 needle (as opposed to the size twos I used to knit them), they were a little tight around the top. Not tight around my leg, but it was kind of hard to get it over my heel as I was putting it on. So, on the next sock, I did 2x2 rib with a picot bind off. Cute! And much, much more elastic. Maybe a little too much so, as they slouch a bit. But I think that looks cute. And no one wants unsightly sock marks around the calves.
Interestingly, my bigger Little Guy was fascinated with my socks! He put them on and wanted to carry them around, etc. So next on the Socktober agenda is a pair of knit socks for S!
Also, thanks everyone for the very, very kind words about my last post. Being a SAHM is important, and fun, and tiring, and rewarding. As all you moms out there know, it's easy to forget many days that you are, to use Lolly's great phrase, raising little humans as opposed to just cleaning up poop and washing dishes and folding laundry. So thanks for the wake-up call. Because I love them to bits, here are gratuitous pics of my favorite Little Guys.