In all their green, twisted glory, here are the Cut & Paste socks:
Yarn - Dream in Color Smooshy Sock, Happy Forest color
Needles - Addi Lace circulars, size 2, 47 in.
Pattern - Well, I hate to brag (total lie!), but it's mine!
Method - toe up, heel gusset, two at a time, Magic Loop. No cable needles were harmed (or even used) in the making of these socks.
Size - for my size 11 feet
This is the best fitting pair of socks I've ever knit. They feel like an all-expenses-paid vacation for my feet. It's very sproingy, very soft, very cushy yarn. And there's 42 grams of yarn left over!! I typed that and then thought "That can't be right." so I went back and weighed again. I was wrong, there's 43 grams. Amazing.
While knitting all the twists and turns, I considered a few things that I thought I might change, mainly the center twist stitch that divides the triangles. But now I kind of like it. It would be easy enough for someone to leave that stitch out if they wanted the triangles to meet in the middle. I still wish that I'd used a lighter, more solidly colored yarn to show off the pattern.
Now I need to figure out how to make my little scissors and glue project into a pattern. I'm pleased that these socks to should be easy to make for different sizes. For one thing, Smooshy is a thicker sock yarn, somewhere just smaller than sport weight. I got about 7.7 stitches per inch. Just using a fingering weight yarn will create a sock that will fit a smaller foot. There are also 2 knit stitches that begin and end the pattern that could be eliminated. Should someone need to knit these larger, just add a few plain stitches to either side of the panel.
I don't know if it will work for me to scan the paper pattern I pasted up and use that for the chart. I'm not sure if it would print clearly or big enough. There's also this free knitting chart maker that I haven't tried yet. Some nice people from Ravelry have offered pattern writing assistance and proof-reading when I get that far. I never imagined when Grace asked me to teach her to knit 2 years ago that I'd be not only find myself knitting socks, but creating my own patterns.
Still striping away on the Hip in Hemp skirt. I'm really forcing myself to work on it more each day because I am desperately wanting to cast on for the Woodland Shawl. I know I can't deal with having two large projects going at once, I just don't have the time to work on both of them. Socks, hats, and dishcloths can be knit here and there, a few rows now and then, but bigger stuff requires more sit down time.
I've shoved the J. Knits socks into a bag on the shelf for the time being. I don't like the pattern and I don't want to rip them out. I still have the Slipped Stitch Rib sock that I started at the Yarn Harlot event to work on and about 4 other project that I want to knit at the same time. DH goes back to work (although he's still on cycle break, so I suppose I'll be expected to fix dinner and keep up with the laundry and stuff) tomorrow and we have to get back to our school work. But at least there's new TV shows to knit along with now and this Tuesday....House. Finally. The cranky, addicted doc with the cane returns.