I have finished my mum's Christmas present socks - I believe that anyone who isn't still finishing their Christmas knitting in January was just being too unambitious. As you know, often the number of pictures of a finished knit indicates how pleased I am with it and/or how difficult I found it. In this case it indicates not only how pleased I am with it but also how difficult it is to photograph it in a way that does justice to how happy I am with it.
Some people manage to take photos of themselves wearing socks in the mirror and make it look gorgeous. I don't.
Some people press their feet together in a light filled lovely way. Not me.
Some people model their socks on perfectly sized feet. Oh no. (But then these are for my mum who is a few shoe sizes bigger than me.)
Some people take good close up pics. Now this I can do.
Some people take good heel shots - this isn't too bad. I love the way the Lorna's Laces made good stripes when I reached the heel.
Definitely best at the close ups though.
some people have cool wooden foot thingies so when they lay their socks out they look ace. When I lay them mine they look weird. In real life they look great. You'll just have to trust me on this.
Maybe one day I will be able to take beautiful pictures of socks like some people till then, you'll just have to make do with the nerdy bit:
Here comes the nerdy bit:
Pattern: (for those who have been living under a rock) Jaywalker by Grumperina. I did the smaller size.
Yarn: Shepherd Sock by Lorna's Laces from my visit to the Get Knitted warehouse in November. P.S. They have some shepherd sock in the sale - get to it! Shade 38 'mixed berries'
Needles: 2mm bamboo dpns (pattern recommends 2.5mm but I am one loose lady)
Comments: As you can see from the KAL hosted by January One this has been a phenomenally popular pattern which has attained true 'fad' proportions a la Clapotis. I have never knitted a 'fad' before so it's a new experience for me to be knitting something at the same time as so many other people and I quite like it. While the idea of knitting something just because it's popular is, frankly, sad, I have enjoyed knitting something which I would always have made anyway (because it's a very attractive pattern) alongside others doing the same. Reading how they have adapted the pattern, overcome dilemmas or just seeing how different yarns knit up has been inspiring.
For the record I did 15 rows of the rib followed by 31 rows for the cuff. The foot was 40 rows which should easily be long enough to fit my mam's 6.5 sized feet. Since I am only size 4 (I am the short-arse of the family) 32 rows would probably be long enough for me.
These were the first socks I have knit that were not just plain socks from the Get Knitted Simple Sock Pattern and I really loved knitting them. I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone who has knitted a couple of pairs of simple socks and fancies something slightly more complicated but isn't yet ready for fancy lacy socks.