Socks on the Dock

It’s been nice and Autumn-y in NH these days, which has put me in a mood to walk around outside with my hand knits on, which led to me and Dan heading downtown for hot chocolate and pictures by the river this afternoon. Which in turn means that over the next few days I’ll have some photos to show you of finished projects you haven’t seen yet and some proper modeled shots of finished projects you have already seen.

Let’s start with the one of my recently finished projects which is the oldest and had the most false starts. I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, At Long Last Leyburns!

Pattern: Leyburn Socks by MintyFresh
Yarn: Mad Color Fiber Arts Sock Options Good Harbor, color After Dinner Mint
Needles: 2.25 mm dpn’s
Started: June 2011
Finished: September 20, 2011
Knit top down with heel flap and…regular?…top-down sock toe instead of toe up with short-row heel and toe. (But seriously, there must be a name for that kind of regular old toe and I just don’t know it, right?)

Dan and I figured, since this yarn is part seaweed, these socks would be most at home by the water, so we made our way down to the public dock and I took off my pants rolled up my jeans to show them off in all their glory.

My first brush with Leyburnness came in July 2010 when I started a pair in DIC Smooshy. I knit the whole thing as written (well, OK, I changed the toe and heel then, too) and lordy was it huge. I wasn’t in a math mood at the time, so I threw the sock across the room and moved on to something else. That first Leyburn is still in a bag around here someplace with the rest of the skein it came from. I should hunt it down and rip it out and give it a new life soon. It was really delicious yarn.

In addition to a false start with the pattern, I had a false start with the yarn (story here) and gave it a little time to think about what it had done. Eventually we all – yarn, pattern, and needle size – learned to get along, but after all we’d been through together, today we just needed some time to relax and enjoy the view.

See, I told you I didn’t take off my pants.

Coming soon: a properly modeled Baktus, a properly modeled Aidez, a finished Flip Your Lid, and the sock yarn blanket hanging out in the bushes.


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