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Socks 2010: February: Check!

My February Socks are done! Retro Rib Socks by Evelyn A. Clark from Favorite Socks. They turned out fine. Just fine.
Retro Rib Socks
I kind of hated knitting these. The stitch pattern is attractive if understated. It’s not mindless enough not to pay attention to it but not interesting/fun to knit. Tedious. But attractive.
Retro Rib Socks: stitch pattern
And the yarn, Knit Picks Essential Tweed in Blue Ox, is fine, but the tweedy bits are like lint more than part of the yarn. How’s that going to wear?
Retro Rib Socks: lousy tweed
So good riddance to February and on to March! I can’t decide which of my two single socks to finish. It’ll be a surprise. But in the meantime, I’ve decided to try some arch-shaping on a striped sock I started a while back:
Damsel Sock: plans
I’ll do the foot in stockinette, and it should all work out. I think the stripes might be fun with the shaping.

And I’m to the heel flap of the first Rib and Cable Sock, although you can’t tell that from the photo. Turn your back on a posed sock for a second, and it will just flop right over! But I still love how this is turning out.
Rib and Cable Sock: wip

I’m planning a pair of Calvin and Ripple socks, which are two different yet complimentary socks using Cat Bordhi’s Riverbed sock architecture. They were designed by Cristi, and they are named after her two orange tabbies Calvin and Ripple, and they look good in multi-colored yarn. I may knit two Ripple socks, which are top down. We’ll see. Right now I’m trying to pick a yarn. I have it narrowed down:
Ripple Sock yarn choices
Left to right: LL Shepherd Sock in South Shore, CTH Supersock in Spring Frost, STR Lightweight in Waterlilies, LL SS in Puple Iris, CTH SS in Potluck Purples and Huckleberry Knits Willow in Winesap.

This could take a while!

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