A while back, Gentleman Caller surprised me with two skeins of Purple Shirt sock yarn from Pandia’s Jewels to celebrate being permanently placed at my former job. (Really, getting those two skeins of yarn was the only good part of said job, BUT I DIGRESS.) It’s been hanging out in my stash, waiting for the right project. Since we had the mother of all winters here in Boston, I decided to knit myself some socks…and only got around to knitting up the Sherlock yarn once the weather got nicer. Whoops.
My initial plan was to make the Mirror socks by Josiah Bain. As you can tell, the yarn was a little too busy for that pattern, and even with the aid of a row counter I lost track of where I was in the pattern. I went on Ravelry and looked for a free pattern for a pair of toe-up socks in a similar gauge. One of the first hits was “I Shall Name Them George”, and after skimming the pattern decided to just dive in.
The smocked pattern and short-row heel are pretty similar to my previous pair of socks, but since these pull in a little more I’ve had to knit them extra long and try them on as I go. I cast on last Wednesday and FINALLY got the right length last night. The heel is almost entirely turned, and I should be able to start the cuff on the train ride home tonight. After working this section, I’m almost excited to cast on for the next sock, since I know how long it should be and where to start turning for the heel. (Possibly while listening to Molly Lambert’s guest appearances on the “Yo, Is This Racist” podcast, which I learned about as I left for work this morning, thanks guys for letting me know this now.)