Friday, March 04, 2016

FO: Post-Apocalyptic Valentine's Day Socks

As previously reported, I finished up a pair of socks in February.  These are my "Post-Apocalyptic Valentine's Day" socks.

I started out calling them "Zombody Loves You" (except with "less than 3" in place of Loves) but the "less than" symbol kept freaking out formatting on the interwebs and the whole "zombody" thing was already taken by the lovely Desert Vista Dyeworks.  I didn't want to confuse the issue, since the yarn is not DVD, but is instead from Knotty and Color.  The colorway is "Ink and Dagger" and was billed, if I remember correctly, as a Halloween sock yarn.  So I'm using them for Valentine's Day.  Obvs.

I still rather regret the decision not to do a "welt" lace pattern and call them "Love Hurts."  Alas.   And speaking of regrets, I also rather wish I'd chosen a different heel treatment.  I love a good heel flap and gusset arrangement -- and even with self-striping yarn sometimes it works out just fine.  But this yarn is more self ... spiraling.  Yes, it spirals, rather than stripes, and the increased stitches for the gusset jacked it all to hell and back.

Mistakes? I've made a few...
It's weird, and only the fact that I was knitting on a deadline and am fundamentally lazy saved them.  It kind of bugs me, but I am just telling myself that hardly any apocalypse is tidy, and of course they're a bit wonky.  What else should I expect?   (Answer:  I should expect to have enough experience to know to do an afterthought heel.)

Anyway, they're done and they'll be a cute addition to my sock drawer.

There's not much else to say about these, save that I can really tell I'm starting to get old lady eyes.  Being able to see when to purl and when to knit on the black bits was harder than it should have been.  While I have all kinds of plans to grow old gracefully (for everything from spiritual to political reasons), I gotta say, not loving the failing eyesight.

Project Notes

Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
Yarn:  Knotty and Color Hardcore Sock in the "Ink and Dagger" colorway
Total Yardage: 277.8 yards
Needles:  US 1.5 (2.5mm) 5in" Knitter's Pride DPNs
Started:  January 24, 2016
Completed:  February 24, 2016
Ravelry Project Page: here

#socktwatch 16: Holding steady at 5 of 16 socks completed.