And now, the first of the three projects is complete:
Sock Project 1.
This is the first completed pair of the Sock Project (more to come in another post), meant to teach myself more about sock construction techniques. Once upon a time many years ago I bought a skein of Trekking XXL intent upon knitting a pair of socks. I knit a sock. It was, I thought, just a bit large for my foot. Nine or so years later, I knit another sock, using the yarn from the original sock as I unraveled it. And now there are two. Two socks. A pair. For me.
For purposes of the Sock Project, some stats: Completed September, 2012. Trekking XXL. Size 2.25mm dpns (I think). Top-down. Long-tail cast on, 68 st. Rib for 8 rds, then inc 1 st to 69 st. Cuff to 4 in. Pattern: Rd 1: P1, *Twist 2, P1; Rds 2-4: P1, *K2, P1. Heel Flap w/ slipped stitches. At Gusset, change pattern to: Rd 1: P1, *Twist 2, P1; Rd 2: P1, *K2, P1. Foot to 7 in. Toe decreases e/o rd to 32 st, then every rd to 16 st and graft toe.
That change of pattern at the gusset was the result of a brain blip during the first sock. It makes the foot a bit more snug, which is something I like. The short cuff is intentional. These are meant as after-hike socks. I often get a bit rashy above the ankles by the end of a long hike. Something to do with the combination of socks, tight boot lacing, long distance and heat. I imagined a short-cuff set of socks to change into would be ideal for having just enough coverage under a pantleg while giving my troubled skin a chance to breathe. They're perfect after-hike socks.
And now I have this:
38 grams of this yarn left over from the project. That's nearly 40% of the original skein, by weight. I think that means a second set of socks, perhaps with shorter cuffs and a corresponding yarn for toes and heels.