E is for Eileen and also Eleven

This pair of hand knit socks is very special to me.

I signed up for the KAL on Ravelry with a different colourway (Love) which unfortunately didn’t impress me so much. The striping was alright but when it got to the Cotty lace pattern, I lost all interest. Looks like I will end up knitting a Gathered Scarf with this skein after all.
I also didn’t quite like the unstretchiness of the picot cuff. After looking at a few project pages, it seems like a 1×1 rib is suitable for this pattern so I just had to decide on a replacement colourway. I bought 4 skeins of STR Mediumweight in Jasper in the hopes of knitting my daughter a February Lady Sweater. It actually turned out to be too thin a yarn so that plan was scrapped.

Because Jasper is in the purple family and Eileen loves purple, I decided to knit this pair of socks for her. Our feet are mostly the same size and shape and with a bit of adjustment I could knit it so that she won’t complain about the socks being too tight or loose.
I turned the heel of the first sock without so much as a hiccup, just occassionally glancing at the pattern to guide me but basically just gliding along happily.

It would have been finished sooner had we not spent the weekend at my mother-in-law’s place where we had amazing barbecue. Yes, I blame the barbecue.

However as soon as we go back home around midday I worked on the gusset decrease and the foot right up until dinner. I worked some more on the foot while watching a DVD and then started the toe decreases as I sat on the edge of my seat during part 2 of Torchwood: Children of Earth.

I do not recommend knitting when watching something as exciting as Capt. Jack Harkness handcuffed to a wall sans clothes. still the socks turned out very well. Pardon the ginormous calves.
I love the colourway. Purple and shades of it will always fascinate me. I love the yarn. Blue Moon Fiber Arts knows their fiber and Tina Newton knows her colours. I’m beginning to like the mediumweight more and more, which would explain the 8 skeins currently in my BMFA cart.
Since I didn’t do long socks, I had a hefty bit of yarn left which will contribute to the Ruffles That Rock for Eileen.
I love this toe. I know some knitters hate grafting but I like it. I just recite the Kitchener Mantra in my head as I go: knit off, purl leave, purl off, knit leave. Oh and yes, this is my eleventh pair of socks this year.
Project: Eileen’s Cotty
Pattern: Cotty Socks by Carrie Sullivan (aka Irishgirlieknits)
Yarn: Socks That Rock Mediumweight
Colourway: Jasper
Needles: 2.5mm
Cast on: 20 Aug 2009
Cast off: 23 Aug 2009
Notes: Cast on using double long tail method which makes it super stretchy. I used 1×1 rib for 15 rows on the cuff.

Cot, a small boat; cotty. *definition according to Irish Local Names Vocabulary*

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