That’s what he said I must be when, last night, I cast on for the BMFA Sock Club ‘Monsoon’ Socks almost as soon as I’d finished the Amber Monkey socks. I delayed only to cook/serve/eat dinner and wind the Monsoon skein into balls. He said it again this morning, when I abandoned my book for the socks as soon as I’d eaten breakfast. But look, they’re so interesting! I hadn’t tried garterstitch toes and heels, I’ve never ever done a crochet provisional cast-on before. And the yarn is delightful, soft and bouncy.
FO: Amber Monkey socks.
Pattern: ‘Monkey‘, free from knitty.
Yarn: ‘Seat by the fire’ from A Piece of Beauty.
Modifications: Knitted both at once on two circs rather than DPNs; leg/instep on 2.5mm, heelflap, sole, toes on 2mm. I tried to adapt the pattern for toe-up, but I don’t think it’s possible (there’s an earlier post about this). If I knit them again, I’ll try for one more pattern repeat on the leg. The toe is reduced from 32/needle to 14st/needle, then grafted; it works, but the end result seems very square albeit I haven’t noticed a difference in fit. If I do this type of toe again I might try to remember to start a row or two earlier and do the same shaping I do for toe-up.
He said he couldn’t believe I’d be willing to wear these socks. I asked why (somewhat belligerently), expecting a comment about the colour (M absolutely HATES it), but he said they appeared far too complex and valuable to be exposed to wear. Strange; I think this is a straightforward, easily memorised pattern.
With apologies to Brenda Dayne :-)