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January 15, 2006

FO: Rainy Day Socks

proof that yes, my calves really are *that* big

A scant 14 months from the cast on date and these are done!

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Pattern Rainy Day Socks from The Sock Calendar by Catherine Wingate and Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer (from HeartStrings)
Yarn Trekking XXL in color 78
Modifications The pattern is top-down with an afterthought heel (they call it a peasant heel). I did mine toe-up with a wrapped short row heel and EZ's sewn cast off.

Pattern and Yarn Thoughts

I picked this pattern because I wanted to find something other than a basic stockinette sock for the Trekking. I didn't want something so patterned though that it would interfere with the pretty, subtle colors of the yarn itself.

The slip stitch pattern did the trick. After knitting a repeat it was easily memorized, and it gives the sock just enough texture to keep it interesting to knit as well as look it (now that they're done!).

The book has some great patterns in it. Amazon's view includes the back page which shows closeups of all 12 socks. At 14 bucks this book is a deal.

There's also a follow up book--The Sock Journal--that includes 12 more socks. I don't have this one yet but you can check out the back page for closeups of the patterns as well.

I did find the yarn to be somewhat splitty while knitting them, and although I could knit them without looking, I'd have to do a quick survey each row and note if any stitches had become split.

I've already washed and blocked them and I noticed no substantial change in texture or gauge; the water remained clear even on the first wash. This yarn isn't the softest sock yarn out there, but it's not scratchy or uncomfortable either, and I expect the nylon content to make a good long-wearing sock.

In case you're counting, I'm now down to 5 socks-in-progress. Not a bad way to usher in my first FO of 2006.

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Soooo pretty! I'm such a purple girl.

Posted by: Scout | Jan 15, 2006 11:13:39 AM

Wow, those are gorgeous! Lovely way to start off the year.

Um, you call those calves? Heh. I could show you calves. Let's just say that I muscle easily and I'm a cyclist.

Posted by: Chris | Jan 15, 2006 11:23:54 AM

the socks look great! and i love that picture, it seems as though your feet have a personality of their own (that sounds weird)... it is a cute picture

Posted by: kim | Jan 15, 2006 11:34:29 AM

Those are great socks. The yarn and the pattern go together perfectly.

Posted by: Emily | Jan 15, 2006 11:40:09 AM

Happy bright and beautiful for a gray and rainy day. They are fabulous!

Posted by: margene | Jan 15, 2006 11:45:33 AM

Man, I need to get started on some socks. I second Emily, great yarn and pattern combination!

Posted by: sarah b. | Jan 15, 2006 12:00:03 PM

those are GORGEOUS!

Posted by: jenny | Jan 15, 2006 1:18:41 PM

Your calves are tiny, and those socks are lovely.

Posted by: Lauren | Jan 15, 2006 1:24:25 PM

Oh I have the Sock Journal and not aware of the Sock Calendar! Thanks for the heads up.
Your calves are not really that big ... at least not bigger than mine! LOL! The socks are lovely.

Posted by: Agnes | Jan 15, 2006 1:56:59 PM

I love the subtle color variation wth the subtle texture. It works really well. I've got about 5 socks in progress as well, and I even dreamt about knitting second socks to all my single socks. The sock obsession is taking over the knitting world!

Posted by: Cookie | Jan 15, 2006 2:07:13 PM

Hey... those are really cute. Love the color and the pattern. They look great.

Posted by: Kris | Jan 15, 2006 2:58:58 PM

They were worth the wait!

Posted by: Tracy | Jan 16, 2006 6:29:23 AM

I love trekking socks, they'll soften and wear long for you.

I'm so proud of you busting through your UFO socks! Your code name will be: The Motivator. ;-)

Posted by: Jenny | Jan 16, 2006 6:55:38 AM

I love the socks. Awesome!

I have worn my Trekking socks a few times and they are so comfortable and are wearing really well. I have been converted from my original impression of this yarn.

Posted by: Christy | Jan 16, 2006 11:10:18 AM

Those are lovely socks! Its great that you have finished them after so long!

Posted by: Kira | Jan 16, 2006 12:39:56 PM

Love the socks. Love the Trekking! ;)

Posted by: Lolly | Jan 17, 2006 8:50:12 AM

The yarn is beautiful. I also have to say that I don't think you have big calves at all. Now if you want to see some big calves, com'on over to my place!

Posted by: Dharma | Jan 17, 2006 8:40:26 PM

I'm so glad to hear that someone else has a pair of socks that saw every season before they were finished. I keep looking back up to see if that really says 14 mos. I am not alone!

Posted by: Kara | Jan 18, 2006 7:27:50 PM

Very Cute socks!! Pretty purple yarn too!

Posted by: Michelle | Jan 19, 2006 1:40:59 AM

Came upon your Rainy day socks while searching for a pattern for some trekking yarn I have. Beautiful! Looks like they'll work up quickly! Come by for a visit:)

Posted by: Diane E. | Jan 25, 2006 11:40:54 AM

That pattern is perfect for the yarn! Great job!

Posted by: P-la | Jan 26, 2006 9:39:40 AM

Those are gorgeous socks!

Posted by: Kristi | Jan 30, 2006 4:23:55 PM

I love that sock - but the book/calendar is out of print so I can't get me a copy :o(

Posted by: trek | Jun 12, 2006 12:05:42 AM

I just bought this yarn online to make Jaywalkers as a Christmas gift. I love seeing it "in action". I really love this sock pattern too. Beautiful!

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