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FFN: Two days to spare

March 30, 2015

The March Socks are done! I finished the toes this past Saturday and closed up the last heel Sunday afternoon. They were given a little bath and then placed on the blockers to dry.

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For one reason or another these were so not my favorite pair to knit in quite a while. Maybe it was the yarn (I am not the biggest fan), or maybe it was the color, heck maybe it was just because they came right after the mad-dash to finish the Giant’s pair last month. It may have been the fact that I tried a new way to knit them. Instead of going one at a time I knit the pair at the same time (different needles) and so maybe it was the fact that I didn’t really feel like I was making nearly as much progress as I actually was.

The socks are going in the long-range planning box and will be a gift for Christmas. I knew that the yarn wasn’t going to be right for me, I gave aware the other pair of socks knit out of this type of yarn already, so I made a point to cast them on a little larger than my usual 60 stitches. They were knit on US size 1 or 2.25 mm double-pointed needles. I decided to do a psuedo-afterthought heel which proved to work just fine, like it did last time. The toe decreases were staggered with a 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2,1,1 knit pattern (there is a set of decreases after the appropriately numbered knitted rows.) I only went down to 36 stitches decrease instead of 28 before doing the Kitchener stitch to close.

The yarn was Knit Picks Imagination in the Giant Peach colorway. The yarn is a 50% merino, 25% alpaca 25 % nylon mixture that is not my favorite sock yarn by a long shot, it feels pretty loosely spun compared to most of the yarns I like and the alpaca guard hairs have a tendency to stick to everything I decide to wear. The down side is that I have three skeins of this yarn in the frog prince colorway and a skein of it in the princess colorway still in my stash, and no real idea what to do with them, I will probably end up trying to destash the rest. Chalk it up to a learning experience for the buyer.

I know that the socks will be a warm addition to someone’s wardrobe and while I don’t dislike them as a whole, I am definitely much for fond of them now that they are done.

How’s your knitting going?

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3 Comments
  1. But at least you finished them; great job! I have this same reaction to most KP yarns, honestly. I’ve learned over the years to resist them temptation because I end up unhappy and having to destash them.

  2. So glad to see you finished! Now on to April! 😛

  3. I’m knitting some angora yarn right now.. talk about shedding! I do love your socks, the color is lovely! I think everyone has a few skeins of something that seemed nice online and was disappointing in person.

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