Let’s start with the FO. Gentleman’s Lozenge Socks from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks- except I’m a not a gentleman so these are a ladies’ version.
Obviously, I made some modifications. The biggest change was in the number of pattern repeats in the leg and foot. The pattern calls for an 80 st leg and a 78 st foot. This would have been huge on me. Mine have 72 sts at the cuff, decreased down the little ribbed panel to 60 sts for the leg and foot.
Other modifications were pretty minor- I used heel stitch for the heel and did a different toe. This wasn’t because I’d changed the stitch count, but because once I memorize a pattern I put the book away and don’t look at it again. Perhaps this is blatant egotism, but I tend to think it’s laziness. I will say that knowing how to turn heels without instructions has to be among the most useful skills a knitter can aquire.
Project Specs: started July 2007, finished August 11, 2007
Yarn: Sunbeam St. Ives 4 ply sock wool. I can’t find the ball band so I’m not sure of the color or exact content. This is the yarn page on Ravelry.
Needles: US sz. 0 / 2mm dpns.
Gauge: 8 sts per inch over stockinette in the round.
Verdict: Love ’em!! They fit perfectly and are taller than most socks, which will be wonderful once autumn rolls around. And purple is one of my favorite colors.
And now… the tattoo.
Wait, that’s not a tattoo! You’re right. I’d earmarked some of my play money to get a new tattoo last Saturday. But when I got there, the parlor was closed. So guess how I spent the money instead?
Yup. New yarn store. New wool. Yummm. I tried to look at the price before allowing myself to
pet touch any of the yarn. It was a good plan, but, well… you know how it goes. As soon as I touched the Smooshy I was in love. I still can’t stop rubbing that stuff against my cheek. Yummmmmmm.