It gets difficult to blog my knits during the school year, but now it’s officially summer, so expect a firehose of catchup posts. Up today is this winter’s socks: Leyburn by MintyFresh of PepperKnits. I’ve had this pattern in my queue for a long time, since it looked like such a great way to make the most of variegated sock yarn, and I can’t say I was disappointed. This lovely yarn is Merino Mia from Prism Yarn in the “Thunderclap” colorway:
These were also my first toe-up socks ever! The short-row toe takes a little getting used to, but the short-row heel is done exactly the same way as the short-row toe, so in theory these are easier to execute than top-town socks, with their fiddly heel-flap & gusset pick-up. My problem with them is mostly one born of inexperience, which is that both my pair & the one I made for my husband came out a little too long in the foot. The pattern says to knit the foot until you have X number of inches until the heel, and I didn’t know if that measurement was meant to be taken all the way around to the back of the heel, or how stretched the sock should be, or what. And I chose to err on the side of caution, because a sock that’s a little too big is much more wearable than one that’s a little too small. So I ended up (twice) with some biggish socks.
Yes, you read that right: I knit two pairs of these in a row. That was more from emergency circumstances than love of the pattern, but I did like the pattern a fair amount. Over Christmas, we were in Northern California visiting my parents, and I was in danger of running out of knitting before our trip was over, so we made an emergency trip to the yarn store so my husband could pick out some yarn that I could use to knit him a second pair. That store was Uncommon Threads in Los Altos, to which I want to give a shout-out because they told me that they were pretty sure that I could get a whole pair of socks out of one ball of Schachenmayr Regia, even though my husband has rather large feet, but that it would be close, and I ended up with about 6 inches of yarn left!
You can see in the fact that his toes aren’t going all the way to the tip of the sock that these are a little too long, also. Live and learn! The colorway, which is deeply weird but which I do think the slip-stich pattern works pretty well for, seems like it might just be called “Pop Art Color.” If I’m wrong and that’s just the name of the color series, the color’s number is 05822. I bought a whole second ball of this to be safe, and I didn’t need it because the ladies at Uncommon Threads were right on the money, so if you’re dying to have it, let me know.