|1st & 2nd pair - 2009 - 2010|
|3rd pair gifted 2010 - 4th pair 'Hallowe'en' above 2011|
My 'hallowe'en' socks were a toe up pattern from Cat Bordhi's book "Personal Footprints" and I really like the fit of that pair. I was too far along to 'reinforce' the toes but as the 'kroy' sock yarn I used is heavier than the yarn previously used I will see if they outwear pairs one and two. Bonus - the yarn was 99 cents a ball in a clearance bin in Michael's last fall - $2 socks!
|5th pair - a keeper at $2!|
Since Christmas I have completed another pair of socks from 'Kroy' wool, this time using several patterns to get what I wanted. Last year I knit a pair of socks for a gift and used the short heel shaping and discovered that for my foot this heel shaping just wasn't enough 'depth' for my high arch as this stitch pattern doesn't have a lot of give to it. However I loved the mock cable design in the pattern - the Nutkin Sock on www.Knitzi.com. I just did a narrow band of ribbing at the top rather than the fold over, proceeded with the leg design but when I got to the heel I consulted another of my reference books "Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd and used the instructions for the heel flap with the standard Sl 1, K1 reinforcing stitch. Although I don't wear out the heels it was a chance to try a new technique. I completed the sock with a side decrease and kitchener stitch bind-off. I was just completing the second sock when I made my toe discovery!
So on to yet another pair of socks! This pair is back to a toe up pattern form Cat Bordhi's book but this time I am trying something new. Instead of using Cat's toe shaping I used a reinforced toe pattern that I found while researching repair methods. It basically is a round toe and used the same reinforcing stitch as the heel on my previous pair. I think I'm going to like it.
Do you get the idea that I'm hooked on knitting socks? I'm still fascinated with the variety of technique used for shaping and it's a great way to try out new stitch patterns....and my feet love the warmth when the weather is cool!