socks for Joe

My little brother turned 30 in late July. I made him socks for the occasion:

This, I'm afraid, is the only decent picture I could get before giving Joe his socks. We met in Oklahoma a couple of weekends ago for our cousin David's wedding. There was quite a bit of car knitting on the way down (Guthrie, OK is a loooong way from Madison!) and I finished the socks our last evening in the hotel. I was literally kitchnering the toe as I walked down the hallway to meet the extended family for pizza, and I couldn't find a pair of scissors to cut off the ends, so Joe had to do that himself. Also, they didn't get wrapped up and I didn't have a card. Good thing we don't stand too much on ceremony!

Pattern: I used Glenna's 3x1 ribbed socks as a basic guide.
Yarn: Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in the color kindling. The color changes are supposed to be subtle, but I would argue to the contrary, at least with this colorway. It's all brown, though, so I think it's okay. I've come to terms with the pooling as well.

Joe wears a size 11 or 12 shoe, and I cast on 80 stitches with fingering weight yarn, so these socks were about all I was knitting for a good 3 weeks, hence the relative non-activity on this blog. That will change, I promise. I have been designing some simple winter accessories for Anya, for which I intend to post a free pattern shortly. Which reminds me: can anyone recommend good charting software that isn't too pricey?


Dee said…
I chart in excel. If you need extra symbols I think you can download them for free too.

Dee Anna
Caffeine Girl said…
You deserve the sister-of-the-year award for knitting socks that started with 80 stitches cast on!

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