Back to Basics

Before anything else, I would like to say a happy happy 64th birthday to my father today. Happy birthday, Tatay!

After knitting lace and knit/purl socks, I find that going back to basics is a joy and a relief. Thanks to Kate Atherley’s Basic Ribbed Socks for the much-needed break from intricately patterned socks.

The 3×2 rib pattern on the leg and the top of the foot is so rhythmic as to being relaxing at the same time. It’s not nearly as mindless but it’s doesn’t put the grey matter inside my head under so much strain. Plus it goes so quickly! Much of the second sock, from cast on to the heel turn, was done one Friday morning and the rest of it over two nights in front of the TV.

The yarn is rough to the touch as you knit but once it was soaked, it became softer. I also managed to make the stripes match this time. Yay! I had to pull out a small amount of yarn to get it right but it was so worth it. There is good yardage on this yarn so I still have plenty of leftover.

I enjoyed knitting every second of this pair of socks. I hope the recipient would enjoy wearing them too. Incidentally, this is officially the 17th pair of socks I knitted this year. Me = :).
I know these are not mine and I might be stretching them out by trying them on my size 9 feet, but i had to take modelled shots, hadn’t I?
Okay so, my feet are really big. There, they’re on the sock blockers, happy now?See? Matchy matchy with the stripeys? My gauge must have been off on the second sock since a bit of the peach snuck in at the very tip of the toe. but who’s gonna see that right?
Love love love this pair.
Project: Peachy Ribs
Pattern: Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley (link above)
Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Hundertwasser, colourway 2104
Needles: 2.5mm
Cast on: 11 Oct 2009
Cast off: 8 Nov 2009
Notes: Cast on 64 stitches and followed the pattern up to the toe where I used my new fave, star toe.I like how it gives a rounded finish instead of the silly triangular one.

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