Yes, they're finally finished! And it only took a year! *shaking head- at myself* I started these roughly a year ago, during last year's Socktoberfest. Oh the shame! But, I was determined to finish them during this year's Soctoberfest, and here we are, just in the nick of time! Ta-daa!!
Let's see if I can recall all the details...it's been so long...The fabulous stripey, tweedy yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Colortweed and the contrasting espresso brown yarn is Lang Jawoll. Knit up concurrently on US2 DPNs. Um, what else? Lots of firsts may be checked off the list:
First knee socks. Verdict: They definitely won't be my last!
First knee socks with calf shaping. Verdict: Love it, not to mention it's a total necessity for someone with normal sized ankles and *ahem* "shapely" calves.
First toe-up socks. Verdict: Kind of fun.
First short-row heel. Verdict: Not so much. I like the way they look, but I think a heel flap is much more suited to my particular foot/heel/arch.
First go with self-striping yarn. Verdict: Fun, though a little stressful for such an uptight symmetry nerd like me.
First tubular bind-off. Verdict: Totally worth it and another necessity. I couldn't have finished these (and worn them) without it.
I will do a lot of things differently the next time I knit knee highs - like oh, maybe follow an actual pattern - but this was such a great learning experience for me, and I did rather enjoy making it up as I went along. Well, for the most part...(Thank goodness they fit!)
Final verdict: I love these. I mean, come on. Who doesn't love knee highs?
I'm officially ready for autumn and winter now. Happy Halloween!