Math Whiz socks from knitspot
Cashmere/merino/nylon yarn from Pigeonroof Studios
US 2/2.75mm dpns, 4
Started: 23 May 2007
Finished: 2 June 2007
Still love them.
I went on (and on!) last time about the yarn, so its the pattern's turn today :) I've been working on a gift design, and these were my go-to knitting for those many times I just was dizzy from numbers and sizing and just.wanted.to.knit. These were perfect and filled that need-- more interesting than the vanilla stockinette of recent socks, but not too confusing or chart-heavy.
The stitch pattern's a combo of right triangles in knit and purl reliefs, tilting into a windmill shape (or, at least to my eye!) Its obscured by the deep color of the yarn, but the purls do some interesting work and break up the color in a fun textured way. I liked how it reminded me of the right triangle work of my hypotenuse scarf (also from knitspot), and the good math/love connotations that I still can't put into words and will save for another time :)
Anne's pattern has a little fun surprise as well... instead of a traditional ribbing at the top, she skips ahead to the good part and lets the pattern stitch work doubletime in keeping the sock up and on. It works and is a fun treat-- something new to my experience. I love that many of anne's patterns are unisex-- these'd make a great pair of socks for the man man enough to wear pink.
Simple short row heel (I used PGR's as always-- I just realized that it was profiled by Ann Budd in the Summer 2007 Interweave Knits "A better sock from the toe up" article, too) and flat toe. Doesn't get much better, a warm little treat today as I seam up a little treat for my son (ugh, I hate finishing inversely to the amount I love him!)
Have a good one! Today's the last day for the $10 threadless tshirt sale... and they have an awesome new sheepie offering too (from their May 31 new shirt selection, "hairstyle secrets of a sheep"):