Monday, July 21, 2014

The Gist of the Twist

I've been on a roll with knocking out the projects these past few weeks. Today, I finished the Boyfriend Socks that I started back in May.

This pattern has been available online for free for years, but I just now got around to trying it. I used some Cascade Heritage Silk in the color Limestone that I bought when Janelle's friend (and now mine) Kris was in Austin for a conference and we spent a lovely Saturday driving around to yarn shops, knitting, and stuffing ourselves with barbecue. Good times! I started these socks shortly afterwards, but they too fell victim to my late spring/early summer knitting doldrums. But it was easy enough to pick up where I left off. I'd forgotten how luxuriously smooth this yarn is to work with. It can be a splitty with my sharp dpns, but totally worth it.

The construction is rather straightforward in this pattern. They're made toe-up using the magic cast-on. I followed the instructions for increasing on the adjoining edge stitches, but I wish now that I'd offset them by one stitch. And I'm not all that great with wrapped short row heel construction, but at least they look uniform.

I really do like the cables and how they drift back and forth across the ribbing in little bunches of three. Once I figured out how to count rows to find my place it was easily memorized. And the generous yardage on this yarn meant I could take these a little further up the calf before the final 1x1 ribbing and the sewn bind-off.

Those are Jeff's feet modeling in the top photo. He'd rather model than put up with my somewhat demanding photo direction. But he did mention how silky smooth these were -- this from a man who thinks most handknit garments are "too scratchy." Maybe someday I'll make a pair for him, although I suppose I'd have to change the name to Husband Socks.

5 comments:

  1. Love! Now, I really want try that yarn.

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  2. Ah the photo shoot! The system I use with my "photographer" is to take a shot of her to illustrate how I want to capture the features of the garment then she replicates it.

    She's generally a good sport about it all but I find her inevitable grumbling at the extent of my "shot list" amusing in the extreme - giggling ensues - 'bottom line she is a good sport about working with her mother the "diva"!

    BTW that colour is just perfection to let the great details of those socks shine through!

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  3. Photo shoots with spouses can be really stressful - I concur! I can usually manage photographing my own feet just fine. I just can't do sweaters and cowls. I hate those selfies that show the knitter's bathroom and refuse to contribute one to the internet.

    Socks look awesome.

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