October 24, 2005
I never sleep in socks, but it sure makes for a cute photo
Even though I don't wear socks to sleep (especially woolly ones), I always stick my feet out from under the covers:
Pattern: Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern, Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.
To be perfectly honest, I didn't follow the pattern. I used the pattern repeat, and incorporated it into a sock of my desired dimensions. The recommended cast-on, cuff and number of repeats? Don't know anything about them. The heel, gusset, toe, special instep instructions? Completely ignored. If I paid attention, I'd have to modify them anyway because my Grandma's feet are long and wide.
Needles: INOX aluminum dpns, set of 5, 2.5 mm (corresponds to US 1.5, although they were marked US 2 on the package).
Yarn: KFI Cashmereno, 55% merino wool, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere, color 01. I had 3 skeins left over after knitting my Mia Shrug, and now I've used them up - destashing! I was worried about running out of yarn, especially considering my Grandma likes to have the leftovers for darning. I think my worries were justified - I only had a tiny bit left over.
As before, I wove in reinforcement thread into the sole of the sock. I have no idea if this helps even one bit, since my Grandma is reluctant to say anything other than, "they're perfect." But I keep doing it anyway, hoping it will allow socks made out of buttery yarns last longer.
Things I would change next time: I've already knit a pair of socks out of this yarn using these same needles, but those had cables and ribbing in contrast to this very lacy pair. As a result, I feel this pair is much looser, and I think were I to knit this pattern with this yarn again, I would go down a needle size to create a more dense fabric, comparable to the fabric I got last time. Also, I would make the two socks mirror images of each other - so that the "scales" swoop to the right on one sock, but to the left on the other. That would be cool!