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FFN: May Socks

June 1, 2015

I managed to finish these socks, (finally) but technically I didn’t finish before the end of May. I looped through the  last of the Kitchener stitch on the last heel at 12:07 AM on June 1st. While not technically completed in the month I am still going to call them my May socks. These were for the Giant and while I really don’t mind knitting for him, these socks were definitely a testament to my love for him. I don’t what it was about these socks but I just wasn’t into them. They seemed to take forever, in part this was aided by the fact that I didn’t take them to work, instead I have been taking books and reading during my down time. I find that people are somewhat less likely to try to talk to you if you are reading a book. Of course this isn’t always the case, but this introvert needs a little down time every now and then.

Speaking of reading I finished another book, this time I decided to give John Grisham a try. I read The Firm, while it wasn’t my favorite book ever and there were some areas that the story felt forced it was over all okay. I think I still prefer the legal thriller, and while this gives the impression it will be about that, it isn’t. I would still be willing to give some of his other books a try, so that at least means I didn’t hate the book.

Back to the socks, these were a standard vanilla pair, with an “afterthought” heel inserted after the main portion was finished. I am not overly impressed with the way they look nor with the way the yarn worked up. I had quite a few times where the yarn was splitty as well as a few times when there were some slubby bits. I don’t know if I just ended up with a bad skein or if the colorway/dyeing contributed to some of the issues but I am kind of happy that this is the only one I picked up of this color. These socks come from the same base as these other pair of socks for the Giant, and I can say after a year that those first pair are a little pilly but otherwise they seem to be okay. I don’t know how much rotation they see, so I can’t really judge how well these new ones will hold up. I said in the previous post that I might consider purchasing this yarn again, but now I am on the fence. I do have one more skein in the stash and while I don’t see it becoming socks, I am willing to give it a shot as something else.

Okay enough rambling, I know you are just here for the photo.

IMG_1480As you can see there was quite a bit of pooling happening on the cuffs, but the swirl pattern seemed to take hold once I hit the legs.


Pattern: My own plain vanilla

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted- in the Pony Ride colorway

Needle size: US1 or  2.25 MM


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  1. Love them!

  2. Serenova permalink

    If you hadn’t gone to bed yet it was still the 31st! 😉 That’s how I do it! It’s still whatever day it was when I got up if it’s past midnight and I haven’t gone to bed yet.

    Besides, they were so close to being done, that they WERE done in May, it’s just the finishing really that took you past midnight.

    Did you change the number of stitches between cuff and leg? Because I would think it would stripe on the cuff if it was the same number of stitches. I normally do toe-up and don’t decrease when I hit the cuff so if a yarn is stripy I don’t have the pooling issue. It’s usually a change in stitch count that does it. Something to keep in mind!

    • I didn’t change the stitch count, just changed from a 2×2 ribbing to a straight stockinette. I have had the issue with other yarns, so maybe it is just me! I do like your reasoning though, I think they totally count 🙂

  3. I quite like it, even the odd pooling on the cuffs. I know what it’s like to get totally unenamoured of a sock before it’s finished. Difference is I usually abandon it!

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