It's been too long since I finished a knitting project. I've been knitting a lot, but man. I feel like I'm not getting anywhere on the Noro socks. So, I started these two at a time socks last month to break things up a bit.
Green / Camo Maple Socks
Pattern: Sugar Maple by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks
Mods: I knit the medium size, but didn't knit the full length for the ankles. I got bored and stopped at about 6 inches. I added length to the foot, to fit my 10 inch long feet.
This was my first try at knitting socks two at a time (henceforth abbreviated as 2AAT). It was... interesting. The 2AAT method described in Morgan-Oakes' book seemed intuitive up until the gussets; at that point, I messed something up and I didn't find the instructions helpful to get me out of the mess. Although I was able to sort it out to some degree, it never really recovered. The toe on one sock is a complete mess as a result - but I fudged the grafting a little so it looks okay. Anyway, it's good enough. Now that I know how it works, I think I'll be able to do it right the next time I try.... but I plan to try a different 2AAT method next time, anyway.
On the plus side, I like the mock cable pattern, and I love how the heels turned out.
Heel flaps are my friend. Short row heels, not so much. More on that later :P.
This is a difficult yarn to deal with, and I wasn't sure which pattern to use. This one looks okay, except the mock cables get lost in the black. The weird colours were the main thing that bothered me about it. From the ball, I had no idea there would be such extended runs of yellowish olive green. On my feet that's no problem, but it's not a colour I generally choose to wear. It's also rather splitty, which is too bad. Things aren't all negative, however: it's very soft and comfortable to wear, and the fit is great. The yarn was a gift, but now that I've tried it I don't think I would buy it for myself.