In the end, there were 3 items checked off the AKB list this weekend: the class practice hat, the child’s sweater, and the Unexpected Socks.
Pattern: Not so much. Crochet cast on, 56 sts, knit until half the yarn was gone, then toe and a rib and an afterthought heel, repeat.
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in Gentry Grey for contrast, mystery sock yarn from a Life-Long Blanket trade for the rest.
Needles: 2 mm
Started: November 29, 2011, while waiting to find out how much that horrible sound and shaking and inability to control my car on the drive home November 28 was going to cost.
Finished: December 11, 2011, while my husband (just barely) beat me at Trivial Pursuit.
Now, let me just say this about Patons Kroy. I usually love it. I knit one of my first-ever pairs of socks out of it and they are the only pair from my early period that have never fallen apart, shrunk in the dryer (and don’t think they haven’t ended up in there), or otherwise disappointed me. When they start to look a little worn down, a quick once-over with my sweater shaver makes them look better than the day I finished them. They’ve held up to regular wear, around the house and in shoes, for almost 3 years, and I will be sad the day their soles finally wear through. But this skein of Kroy. Sweet Jesus. It was too soft, it was splitty, it was impossible to rip due to said splittiness because every stitch had a bit of at least one other stitch worked with it, and these toes and heels display some of my shoddiest recent work. Grrrrrr. I made sure that most of the worst bits ended up on the sole side of things.
Other than that, I’m in total new sock love.