In my after-the-stitching cleanup I found a pair of socks I knit that I never showed you. The heat is moving on in, so I did what any sane person does and put on my wool socks and went outside to take pictures. In capris. Very becoming, very alluring.
Happily the self-fair-isling came out to be an almost an exact match. I love the look of fair-isle but I don't know if I have the wherewithal to do it. (Challenge to self accepted. Stay tuned).
I knitted these socks using a provisional cast-on at the toe and German short rows, but then stuck with this pattern pretty much to the letter. These socks are insanely comfortable. They are knit toe-up but have a heel flap and gusset, as opposed to a short row heel. After spending way too much time studying the other socks I've made I think I realized why this style feels so much better on my foot. I have a high instep so I've got a little more girth to my foot in that spot. This method gives a little more fabric to go around my foot, whereas a short-row heel yields just as much as a short-row toe (seriously--they're exactly the same, it's almost weird) and is therefore a little bit too constricting on my foot.
I knitted the legs of these until I was almost out of yarn and then did the ribbed cuff. I did this super-stretchy bind-off. One thing I didn't consider--legs get wider as they go higher so they're a little too tight to pull up all the way. Note to self: throw in a few increases next time. The bind-off gives a lettuce-edge when it's not on but is nice and snug when it is on (as I don't expect any sock drawer inspections I'm fine with that).
And this picture makes me think of those history-of-knitting books or look-what-was-unearthed-in-a-medieval-grave news story:
I still have a teensy bit of laddering I need to work out, but from everything I've read practice is the best remedy for that. Good thing I've got a few skeins (fabric de-stashing is going well, yarn de-stashing not so much)...