For my AmeriCorps chapter, this week is “Spirit Week” — a five-day period of reconnecting with our cohort for revelry and event planning. I knew I’d be spending long periods in lectures and small group meetings, and that I’d find many of the activities stressful and frustrating. Knowing that I’d need a cognitive anchor to help me stay sane, I packed some sock yarn that I’d stashed a few years ago and set to work on Ann Weaver’s New Boots and Contracts sock pattern.
I’d stashed for this a while ago. Given the yarn colors I’d chosen and the pattern’s connection to The Clash, I assumed these socks would carry me through revisions on my novel. (The protagonist, Sally Darling, wears a lot of red and gray, and her favorite album is London Calling.) Instead, I held off until another high-activity period.
I converted these into a toe-up pattern on the fly and made a short-row heel flap and gussets. With the decreases, I only worked the slipped-stitch pattern on the front while working the gusset. While I like to check how my garments fit as I’m making them, I also hate how my Kitchner stitches look and feel. I’m pretty happy with how these turned out.
I love how the contrasting color looks like lipstick swatches in those rows. These are going to keep me warm and look cute this winter!