Time for a bit of catchup! Here are the MIL’s socks, finished in plenty of time for Christmas (well, the day before, but I also had time to wash and block and wrap them, all on Christmas Eve day).
Pattern: Lacy Mock Cable socks
– a fab (and free!) easy pattern that knits up in a flash. The only modifications was to the heel and gusset shaping – I didn’t quite do it as the pattern suggested, but close enough.
Colinette Jitterbug in Velvet Olive, a lovely semi solid deep green, chosen by husby out of a variety of my sock yarn – and excellent choice, as the MIL loved the colour (first “phew” moment on Christmas day!). I’ve read criticisms of the Jitterbug on Ravelry – short yardage (267m) and knots in the skeins. I found no knots and the yardage was just enough for these socks – I was rather obsessive about weighing the ball as I was knitting, just to be sure. I thought that I might not have enough for both socks, but as I found
when I’d finished one sock, I should have a little to spare – which, as it turns out, I did. Darning yarn!
Sticks: 3mm KP options dpns – which partly explains why this pattern is so quick to knit!!
Time: 19 November 2007 – 24 December 2007 – the first sock was mostly knit on the bus to and from work. I ramped it up a bit on the second one, to make sure it was done in time!
In case you think I have an oddly shaped foot, the sock is on my hand – I didn’t want to stretch them over my foot or my sock blockers (my MIL has very slim legs and feet!)
Phew moments: First one was when I finished both socks with a little bit of yarn leftover. Second one was on the colour choice, as noted above, and the third one was when she tried them on and they fit! I was working blind on the foot size, so estimated pretty well.
Although apparently the socks are “too nice to wear”!