Pattern: Eesti Trail Hiking Socks by Nancy Bush
Source: Favorite Socks by Interweave
Yarn: Cascade 220
Colours: Red #8895 White #8010
Lot #'s: Red #1703 White #1693
Needles: 3.25 mm dpns
Start: October 21 Finish:December 2, 2009
Modifications: Colour/Lengthened Leg between colourwork and Heel/Added Colourwork at Toe
Blogless Barb was right when she predicted in the comments that the colour of the Cascade 220 would run. I did do the vinegar in cold water bath first just as she suggested and there was no running there. Despite that, instantly upon hitting the tepid blocking bath the water turned red. The effect in person does not appear as pink as it does in the photo. I don't think My Beloved will even notice. But if you're anticipating it and looking for it, there's no denying its there.
Nonetheless I LOVE the socks. I'm happy with the longer length provided by adding several rows between the bottom of the colourwork cuff and the top of the heel. (When worn I wanted them to be at least as high as the tops of the ski boots.) I'm also pleased as punch with the little colourwork band I added at the base of the toe which is made by working the pattern above and below the snow flakes back to back.
They are squishy and warm and the colour combination screams skiing - which is when these will get worn. I was working on them at a school parent meeting last week and the dad beside me snorted when I answered his inquiry as to who the socks were for. I guess he thought the red with white snowflake design wasn't sufficiently manly for a real "guy" to wear. Being ski socks I'm the only one who will even know the snowflakes are there. I'll get a glimpse of them in the wee dark hours when we haul ourselves up to make it the 2 1/2 hours to the hill in time for the lifts to open. At that hour and in that context I need all the help I can get to be happy about going out to hit the slopes and these socks will definitely aid in that regard.
I hope the fit is good! I won't know for sure until Christmas morning but for now its enough that I just LOVE these socks and I think My Beloved will too!
Now I'm off for my hateful walk actually happy to do it today because I'll be "test driving" the ear band I mentioned I was starting last week. Hopefully I'll have FO pics of that tomorrow. University Exams have started so time with my primo FO photographer will be even more hard to come by in the next few days than they have been in the last couple of weeks!
Have a great day and thanks for dropping by!