Pattern: Spiraling Coriolis Master Sock, Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters
Yarn: Knitpicks, "Shimmer", Deep Woods colorway
Needles: 2, double points, sticky bamboo (kind of a pain)
The knitting of these was ... interesting. I bought the book because of this pattern, which still makes my chest feel a little swoopy (what a nerd!), and the socks do not disappoint. I love the way the colors blend, and I love the construction of the arch expansion. I generally like spirals, so yeah, that part makes me happy, too.
I am less than crazy about the way that the second sock is a bit tighter gauge-wise than the first sock -- that will teach me to wait about a month to knit the second sock, I guess, and I'm pretty sure that it will even out with wear. Also, I need to figure out how to really do the EZ sewn-bind off. Flexible and loose my you-know-what! I tried to pull the first sock on after doing it and worried that my foot would fall off from lack of circulation, and then needed to pick out the sewn-bind-off. Pain in my ass!
That all said, I still like the socks, and will still feel some hesitation about giving them to the intended recipient. This woman is so cool, and has changed my ways of thinking about so many things that an alternatively constructed alpaca sock is just barely beginning to be worthy of her. And I guess that that's what makes knitting worth it...
Here is are some detail shots of the spiral itself:
And, with marginally better lighting:
Charming socks, really -- hecka warm, and not hecka heavy.
While I am at it, here is the frogged Covelite Sock the first:
And the pile of frogged yarn:
And, finally, the second sock in progress:
Depending on how much
(I just hope there will be more snow on which to photograph them...)