I’ve been on a knitting binge lately. Part of that has included finishing my third pair of socks. The pattern is by Donna Druchunas & called Kilmeni, after the inner socks worn by Albanian men during the beginning of the last century.
Originally, when I saw the pattern in Sockupied I thought I might knit it one day, but that there were too many other pretty ones I had to do first. Well, the dire need to make my third pair of socks gripped me as I realized I had begun to only ever wear two different pairs, the two pairs I had knit earlier this fall. That’s a lot of weekly sock washing.
These flew off my needles (compared to how long it took to knit the first two) in about ten days. How do some people knit a pair in a weekend? Perhaps one day I’ll become a sock knitting warlord & be able to write a fantabulous new sock pattern a week while knitting up a pair or two a weekend & I will call my kingdom Rock-em-Sock-em-topia & everyone will wear socks all the time & always in place of normal clothing & they’ll even put them on their heads, like Dobby from Harry Potter.
But until then I’ll try to be content with knitting socks in less than two weeks.
However, I made a few mistakes. First up was casting on during my morning commute. I wasn’t quite awake yet so decided to turn my knitting over to pick up stitches for the toe instead of not turning them like the instructions told me to. I realized why this was undesirable shortly after doing it, but was too tired to care. Honestly, I like having unsightly purl bumps on the outside of one toe because I can more easily distinguish the left sock from the right one.
Speaking of toes, what-the-high-ho-silver happened to the swirls? The toes are supposed to have very pretty swirls in opposite directions. Somehow the left one got lost under my foot. I’m not even sure I cast that one on while sleepy.
I’m also mildly annoyed at the uneven column of lace down the back. That’s right where the pattern called for the stitches to be broken up between two double pointed needles. Try as I might to tighten my gauge on the looser half oh the lace it just wouldn’t stay even with its partner.
Finally, I was flippingly cheesed off & fuming like a bull over some non-knitting related things towards the end of this project. That anger translated into super tight stitches, which I thought would be good for the cuffs- I’m tired of my hand knit socks slouching down. However, it was not good for binding off. You can see in some of the pictures that the socks are biting into my legs a bit. I think the tightness might actually be causing them to slip down more than they would otherwise. Perhaps I’ll redo the bind off, but I don’t like the idea of joining new yarn to the edge of the fabric.
A few last construction notes- on each of my socks I’ve learned a new technique for the toes & heels. This was my first time doing a swirl toe & an afterthought (aka peasant) heel. I like the look of the heel, but think the short row is my favorite. Also, I lengthened the leg an inch longer than the pattern called for, which I think makes for a much more attractive sock.
Despite my construction problems I would recommend the pattern to others- my mistakes seem entirely of my own creation. When it comes down to it, I’m happy to have a new pair of socks. My old ones are already starting to felt on the soles!
Which shoes do you think go best with my new socks? Any footwear suggestions?