Indeed, I finished my mystery socks last night! (If you're confused about what "mystery socks" are, check out the explanation in my last post.)
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I cast on for these babies on October 1, and finished grafting and weaving in my ends yesterday, on November 11th. Thanks to my newly found love for knitting socks concurrently (thanks to Kirsti for naming that new method in the comments!) this is the fastest I've ever finished a pair of socks. It's no world record, that's for sure, but I have some serious issues when it comes to knitting socks. See, I really WANT the socks, and I like knitting the socks and all, but I get bored. Really bored. And then I end up casting on for 9 million other things in the meantime, and you get the picture.
I ended up knitting the 64 st size on US0s to fit my hugely fat and flat size 10 feet. I had a blast with this pattern, and I loved the suspense of not knowing what the next section would look like! I think that has a lot to do with why these fit my feet so well - when I had to wait for the next section of the pattern, I was just focused on the material I had to work with and making it fit as well as possible, instead of rushing on to the next section or figuring I'd fudge it in some other way. Thank you, Kirsten, for all your work on this pattern and the whole knitalong process - the socks turned out great and I had a blast!
The yarn is Spinning Colors Fingering, which is hand-dyed in Austin by the fabulous Stephanie. This colorway is called Glory and that it is - glorious. It's a super saturated shade of yellow with some flecks of peach in there. I'm not sure what the base yarn is but this stuff is soft but feels super durable. I can't recommend her work enough - if your looking for some really vibrant hand-dyed (and in some cases hand-spun) yarn go have a look at her shop.
Now here is my question for you, dear readers. While top-down socks do tend to fit my feet better, I really do like the way I can use up every bit of yarn when I make socks toe-up. This pair of socks weighs in at 2.9 oz and I have 1.1 oz of yarn left. It's not a small amount of yarn, but it's obviously not enough for another pair of socks. What are some good ways to use up sock yarn besides blankets that take 900 years to make and baby-related items? Striped socks? I wonder how much sock yarn one would need for a cute slouchy lacey hat?