Pattern: Border Socks by Mary Jane Mucklestone from Interweave Knits, Fall 2011
Yarn: Wendy Sunbeam St. Ives 4 Ply Sock Wool (probably discontinued), 2 x 50g in colour: #3104, Cygnet Truly Wool Rich 4 Ply, approx. ¼ of a 50g ball in colour: Denim and a smidgeny smidge of cream that I think is acrylic baby yarn
Needles: 2.5mm circs for speedy Magic Looping
Well, that was a busy week. I have been trying to get this post written for days, but with buying new uniform for the coming school year, sewing on ten squillion nametapes and then ironing the supposedly non-iron shirts, plus actually having to eat and sleep, it’s been a bit hard. Autumn is my actual favourite season and I love the feeling of the mornings getting cooler and the evenings getting darker, but I could do without the Mammoth Uniform Drama that comes along with it. This year is the last one that Henry will need uniform (next year is what we old people still refer to as sixth form but is actually year 12) but then Rose will start school (not as a first year but in “Reception”) so there is actually no gain for me whatsoever in this, plus it makes me feel old. *huffs*
Anyway! I (obviously) got the socks knitted in time. Actually in four days, which I am pretty impressed with but would not recommend if only because you will end up dreaming about knitting socks in your sleep. I have in the distant past knitted a pair of women’s socks over a weekend, but those were a lace cuff and plain foot and for much smaller feet. The added fiddlyness of a stranded cuff and toe, the ribbed leg and foot, heel flap rather than short-row heel and the fact that MrB’s feet are the longest feet in the entire world, meant that these were a whole different kind of challenge.
I do love the finished socks, though. I really wanted to knit them in the colours in the magazine, but had to transpose them because of a lack of yarn. Now they’re done, I actually prefer the way mine look. I’ve had the brown yarn in my stash for years and never used it because it was just too boring to knit with, but it just works perfectly with this pattern.
Because of the time constraints, I knitted the pattern entirely as written, other than choosing to Magic Loop them for speed. Had I been at leisure to knit them at a sensible pace, I would have fiddled with the stitch counts at the point of dividing for the heel. As written, the ribbing is unbalanced on the foot in order to keep the stitch counts for the sole and the top of the foot the same. It’s a tiny thing that a non-knitter probably wouldn’t even notice and I am just very picky about these things.
It also pains me to admit it, but heel flaps win over short-row heels. I did think about doing a short-row heel to save time, but just decided to go with the pattern. It’s ages since I knitted a heel flap, and I remembered how much of a pain it was to count flap rows, pick up stitches and spend forever decreasing but, damn them, they make socks fit so much better! They do use more yarn, which does mean that I may have an excuse not to use them if I’m doing some by-the-seat-of-my-pants knitting at some point. But otherwise they are going to have to go back to being my heel of choice. *considers giving up sock knitting*
MrB loves them, which is the reason I keep knitting stupidly big socks. And I do have the luxury of a few months to get his Christmas ones finished!