In keeping with the idea of using all that sock yarn I own on actual socks, the sock-making binge continues.
Pattern: Friendship Socks by Amy Palmer, from Interweave Holiday Gifts 2011
Yarn: Chelsea Sock by Nooch Fibers, colorway Arizona (caveat: that colorway name is a best guess based on the colorways that were available at the time; when I bought this yarn, the tag did not name the colorway; and, incidentally, it’s no longer available on the website, so we may never know)
Needles: Knitter’s Pride Karbonz, US 1 1/2 DPNs. I bought these DPNs sometime last year, and they languished unused until I started knitting socks again. Now I won’t use anything else.
Satisfaction with end product: They’re gorgeous, they’re soft, and they fit. I’m a little concerned that the cashmere content in the yarn may make them not quite durable enough for regular wear, but I can always use them as house socks. I’m wearing them as I type this blog entry, and love how they feel on my feet.
The pattern itself was easy as pie; the lace pattern at the cuff is charted and easy to follow. After that, it’s just straight stockinette all the way down, so this would make a good first sock pattern for a newbie. The flap for the heel featured a somewhat different slip stitch pattern that I like much better than any other flap I’ve made — it looks kind of like a honeycomb, and that makes me smile. I’ll be adapting future flap-and-gusset sock patterns to use this flap.
This project is part of the Knit Your Library Challenge, although Snapdragon Crafts seems to have gone dark and hasn’t provided a link up recently. Regardless, you can click that badge over there for more details.