How I wish I could drive to your house and deliver these directly to your door, ring the bell, and be there in person, when you open the package that I'll be sending out tomorrow. How I wish we could sit down over coffee or tea and good chocolate while we knit and discuss the highs and lows, the joys and woes, of motherhood together, favorite yarns, whether or not spring is happening early or late this year, knitting stuff...you know, the usual things. Then maybe we'd hit the town and check out an LYS or two. Ah, but alas, here I live, with my nearest known knitting bloggers about 5 hours driving time away, even that too far to go to hand deliver hand knit socks.
Yet, of all the 606 possible people I could have been matched up with, of all the places on this planet that you could possibly live, surprisingly, the chances of the above situation actually occuring are really not all that remote. Someday, we might just do exactly that: sit and knit and sip and eat and talk and maybe even visit yarn stores. (Alison, are you sure that this was really a random match?)
Sockapal 3, I hope that they fit well and that they'll make it over your heel and ankle. They are the tiniest bit taught on my own feet, and our foot measurements are similar. I hope that the top ribbing doesn't cut off your circulation like a tourniquet. I had to take the ribbing out several times, eventually settling on bumping up from size 1's to size 2's and then changing to size 5's for the second to last row, then size 8's for the last row, and then binding off VERY LOOSELY with a size 9. That is why they look flared out at the top, because they are. The baby cable rib pattern sucks in tightly in the picture on the right giving it the illusion of a knee high, but I as you can see on the left, they are not. They're only to about mid-calf on me. As I did with my Sockapal-2-za socks, I may have yet again erred a bit on the tighter side.
These are made with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in the Valentine colorway. The pattern is the Baby Cable Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks, by Charlene Schurch, knit toe up, over 52 stitches. The heels and toes are reinforced with a second strand of the same yarn.
I'm crossing my fingers, hoping that these socks are to your liking. More than that, though, I'm hoping to one day see these socks on your feet. I enjoyed knitting these. Let me know what you think of them!
Your Sockapal 3,
p.s. Yes. These are more of those awful, blurry, Polaroid izone 310 pictures from that photo shoot the other day. For clearer in-progress pictures, see here.
p.p.s. Just think of all those socks out there crossing the globe in the next week or so! I wonder if yours will even board an airplane on their way to you?
p.p.s. By the way, the yarn, unknit, went all the way to Panama and back with me last month.
p.p.p.s. I don't think I've written so many post scripts since junior high or high school.