Yesterday's glorious sunset gave rise to blue skies and sunshine today, along with an energizing crispness in the air. My perfect kind of weather. So, chores out the way, in odd moments I have been going round and round with a pair of socks. These are for my Father, and if they're finished in time they'll be a christmas present.
Various criteria must be met:- machine washable, not too tight round the ankle/leg, ample room for toes to wiggle, and not skimping on the foot length. This is perhaps the most daunting bit from a time perspective. We're looking at shoe size 12 (european 47, which sounds even worse). Given that my first pair of socks took the better part of this year from start to finish (admittedly with a long gap between sock one and sock two) what do you think the odds are for finishing in time?
I like using tiny circulars for the main bit of the sock, switching to dpns for turning the heel and the toe decreases. It means no ladders and speedier knitting. These are 20cm addi turbos and the wool is Rico Superba Mexico (both online stores offer excellent mail order). I thought it would be a bit brighter, but in fact it's a great choice for my Father. As you can see, I favour bits of coloured string for stitch markers. I've never got round to buying 'proper' stitch markers, and these work just fine. If you need help knitting socks this book is spot on.
Tomorrow I have a very important date. Lunch over here........ I'm excited!