Alternate title: I am the Gauge Gods' Bitch
(All will be revealed by the end of this post...)
First the good news. I finished the Purple Trekking Feather and Fan Socks. Here they are drying after a lovely lavender soak.
And a leg close-up:
They were a big snug coming over the ankle pre-blocking, but I'm not too worried about it. The last pair of Trekking socks I knit (Mike's Manlies) seemed to loosen up a fair bit after washing. Hmmmm... Did I ever blog about those? I think I had them in my "WIPs" sidebar when last I was blogging. I'll fish 'em out of his sock drawer and post about them sometime next week.
Despite (or maybe because of) having enough sock yarn for about 40 pairs, I promised myself at the beginning of this year that I would finish at least some of the current sock WIPs before casting on any new ones. I counted a total of 7:
- spring-colored Koigu stockinette
- purple Trekking feather and fan
- green Knitpicks Essentials "Go with the Flow"
- blue Trekking stockinette
- navy Koigu cable and rib
- Go Blue (blue and yellow for Univ. of Mich.) opal sotckinette
- jewel toned something-or-others (gotta find the label)
So far so good. I finished the springtime Koigu socks (they're in the laundry -- will post them later) and the purple ones.
The green Go With The Flow socks (by Evelyn Clark in Interweave Knits summer 2005) are coming along nicely. I'm using Knitpicks Essential sock yarn in dark green. I'm quite pleased with this yarn so far; it's the first time I've used it. It seems very elastic and soft, qualities I hope it will retain after washing. I had gotten past the heel on the first one, and have since picked it up and done a few more inches on the foot. It will likely be done in the next day or two and the second sock cast on.
And a detail shot:
And now we come to the titular sock project of this post: the blue trekkers. I mentioned previously that I like to knit both socks at once on separate sets of DPNs. A big reason I do this is because my gauge seems to wander considerably, based on my mood, time of day, location of Mars in my rising house, or whatever-the-he** reason. The closer together I work on two items that are supposed to match, the better chance I have.
Sock on the left: 8.5 spi and 12 rpi.
Sock on the right: 9.25 spi and 13 rpi.
Need I say more?