So here they are: My Favorite Graynbow Socks, knit for the Christmas Eve Cast On with sweet Dani of Little Bobbins Knits. They're also my first completed project of 2016.
This is my third pair of socks to knit, but my first to knit mindfully. I took Lara's, of The Fawn Knits Podcast, advice and used the Voolenvine Favorite Sock pattern as a good starting point for beginners.
It is a good, straight forward cuff-down sock pattern. Very classic.
Now, I 've been warned (like in the comments of my last post. Thanks, Heather) I should have negative ease. I'm not certain that I achieved that. There's that little bunch of fabric in front of my ankle; however, that might be because I'm leaning forward and doing gymnastics to get a photo of my own legs. I'm also not sure if super wash socks, knit at such a tiny gauge will grow on me like some super wash sweaters have. I suppose the true test will be the first washing and blocking. I finally ordered some sock blockers for the occasion.
I knit these with a longer leg because I enjoyed watching the colors stripe so much, but I think I prefer socks either lower or much higher. For knee socks, I think I'd have to do toe-up socks, though. My Tennessee Hiking Socks were knit that way so I could feel confident I wouldn't run out of yarn.
Gynx Strong Sock is as lovely to work with as Laura's other yarn bases. I am hopeful it will stand up to much wear.
Next time: I want to use a 2x2 rib for the cuff. I may move to a size 0 needle (yuck) if these grow after washing because I cannot knit any tighter than this and I want a good, solid fabric. Also, I noticed the toe of some of my winter socks wears thin. So I would like to try reinforcing both heels and toes with thread or yarn. I saw an idea I liked from VeryPink Knits, using sock thread. This wouldn't make things too cramped in my shoes and would certainly add to my sock longevity. But, I'm not sure I'll get around to buying said thread before I'm ready to cast on my next pair. If nothing else, I could substitute a very sturdy workhorse yarn for contrast toes and heels when using a somewhat delicate sock yarn. I really like that look anyway.
My favorites list, which is what I plan my upcoming knits from, grew big time after all of your thoughtful comments on that last post. Between those and suggestions I've seen in the Little Bobbins Christmas Eve Socks thread, I could knit socks for years without stopping to take a breath. Of course, I'm a sweater knitter at heart, so I won't be doing that. I will be using them to fill in between larger projects and for something handy to have in my bag.
These photos are unrealistic. It grosses me out to walk outside in my socks. But I follow the light...