Out with the Old...

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finished socks

and in with the new! Or so the saying goes. This year, in preparation for welcoming the New Year with a new project, I took my Lorna's Laces Knit Happens socks, in progress, home with me for the holidays. I'd finished the first sock but had just gotten started on the second. Luckily, I had just enough time to make good progress on it before I opened any of my new and fabulous knit-related presents, so I finished the knitting of the sock on the 30th. All it needed was kitchenering of the toe, which I saved until the 31st after we arrived back in SF. It was with great pleasure that I finished up the sock on New Year's Eve and then got to wear the pair on New Year's Day.

This yarn was from my wonderful Secret Pal last year, and I just love the color of it and the way it worked up. It was my second experience with Lorna's Sock Yarn. My first was M's bee-striped socks last year. Both times, I've had a really good experience with the yarn. I know some of you don't like it and the way the color works. I didn't seem to have any issues with this colorway. The socks match really nicely. There are a few oddly dark lime spots here and there, especially in the second sock. But, otherwise, they turned out beautifully.

I wore them all day on New Year's Day and, worried about ruining them, I kept my shoes on all day, too, so that I didn't unnecessarily add wear to them running around the house with the kids. I was shocked and disheartened when I took them off at the end of the day to see some signs of fuzzing and wearat the edges of the heels. (Already!!?!?!) The only thing I can figure is that somehow my current favorite Nepalese Birkenstock clogs are hard on the heels. Unfortunately, I only wear Birks...

Despite feeling sad that my hard work was already marred to some extent after one wear, I'm proud to have finished them. 2005 was largely a sockless year for me in terms of knitting. I had gotten really into socks in 2004 and thought I'd ride a tidal wave of sock knitting in 2005, but it just didn't happen. Hopefully, finishing up this pair is just the incentive I needed to kickstart my sock knitting again. Mom and M both proclaim to want knitted socks next year!

Pattern info...

    Pattern: Cable Rib Socks
    Designer: Erica Alexander
    Source: Interweave Knits, Spring 2005
    Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, Knit Happens Colorway
    Needles: Addi Circular 1's and 2's

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The reason the socks are already showing wear is because you weren't supposed to be wearing them -- they were supposed to be mine, I told you that repeatedly!!

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