Maybe that is not the best title for a post on Valentine's Day. Rest assured I am talking about socks not my marriage.
The Free Socks are done and oh boy are they fraternal. I can't quite get the colors right. This picture shows them as more subdued than they really are. THEY ARE LOUD! (pardon my screaming) As always, click on the images to see them larger.
The yarn: about 325 yards of my own fingering weight handspun, see this post for more info.
ETA: I got 7.25 sts/in in stockinette and one chevron repeat = 1 1/8 inches for this yarn.
The pattern: my basic toe-up sock which uses Judy's Magic Cast-On for the toes and the Your Putting Me On method for the heels. The pattern stitch is a simple chevron with two variations (one per sock - why deny the fraternal nature of this pair?).
Started spinning on Saturday February 4, 2007 and completed on February 14, 2007. Pretty quick if I do say so myself.
I used 3 chevrons on the top of the foot and 8 around the leg starting just past the heel.
Both socks have my favorite ribbing, a slipped stitch ribbing. I start it by working two stitches thereby shifting the start of the round those two stitches.
R1: *k1, sl 1 purlwise, k1, p2*
R2: *k3, p2*
The middle knit stitch is slipped every other row. It should align with the k1 between the yarnovers and with the chevron decrease.
I have to admit that these socks were a lot of fun. I had meant to do something entirely different (not socks) when I started the random spinning at the Spin In. It just happened. I would do it again, but maybe with a more subtle color selection. Trust me these socks are much louder in person. In fact, they verge on fugly (or are firmly planted in fugly territory). Oh well, it was a fun experiment, the socks fit very well, and I love shocking people with my socks (my co-workers think I am crazy, the socks I wear confirm this belief).