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July socks:

Pattern: Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid in colorway 102

Needles: US2.5/3.0mm

Not the most descriptive picture of a pair of socks, I know. But these were swap socks for the first ever International Sock Swap! They haven’t been received by my partner, that I know of, but I’m hoping they will soon. I really enjoyed this pattern; very easily memorized and it works up fast. Part of the fastness might have been because they are essentially a tube sock. My partner will put in an afterthought heel so that they fit her foot.

In other afterthought heel news, and in the interest of not dragging out these sock posts any longer than absolutely necessary, here are my August socks:

Pattern: None! Just a 72-stitch stockinette sock with a 2×2 ribbed cuff and an afterthought heel.

Yarn: Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic in colorway 84.0050

Needles: US1.5/2.5mm

Not terribly excited by these socks, although I love the colors! The yarn is very loosely plied, and I prefer sock yarns with a tight twist. I’m a tight knitter, and I worried about it breaking (it never did, thankfully). I also don’t know that I’m crazy about the bit of fuzz or halo. Since this is a plain sock I don’t think it matters much, but if there were much patterning at all, even more ribbing, I think it would have bothered me enough to not use this particular yarn. These socks are also the poorest fitting ones I’ve knit. Maybe I’ve just gotten lucky? I overshot the length of the foot by a good inch at least. Because I was too lazy to rip out the graft and shorten the toe, I shortened the heel instead. When I pull on the sock so that it fits in the toe, the heel sits about a half inch higher than it should. It looks weird, but it’s not too uncomfortable. They’ll be decent house socks this winter if nothing else.

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