Here's the amazing thing to me: Last year about this time, I was making a pair of socks a week, doing alterations, coaching cross country, and teaching. Now that I'm not teaching, I can't believe I used to do all that every day. The difference? I am happier and well-rested.
Back to the socks! The yarn I used is made by Rio De La Plata. It can be a bit splitty but I still enjoy knitting with this yarn. Beautiful colors (this colorway is called Sunset) though I have heard that the yarn can felt easily. Hopefully through careful hand washing I will avoid that problem.
The pattern is called Twisted Hourglass and it was a free pattern through Ravelry. Lovely design. There is plenty going on without being overwhelmingly busy.
I love the twisted stitches (the raised sections that squiggle down the sock), but my favorite feature of this pattern is the cable you see down the side of the leg here.
Cables are always beautiful, that's all there is to it. These cables are particularly interesting because at the gusset (where the sock widens to accommodate the space from heel to the top of the ankle) the cable splits into two smaller cables, one coming straight down the heel, the other forming either side of the instep (top of the sock). Nifty trick, eh? To bad I didn't come up with that one on my own. But it's another technique learned that I'll find a way to incorporate into other things later. Theoretically. ;)
The squiggles made by twisted stitches I mentioned earlier are super-simple to make, which just adds to the wonderfulness of this design. You just knit through the back loop instead of through the front one like normal. Easy stitch that gives a dramatic result. What more can a knitter ask for? (Yarn. Always more yarn.)
This pattern was written to be knitted onto two circular needles. I used my preferred four double-pointed needles. This was the first time I had adjusted a pattern in that way and, happily, it wasn't complicated.
I am wearing these socks even as I write this and they are lovely. Soft and smooshy. In other words, everything a sock should be!