the purple money socks are finished! i wove in the last end on friday night, just in time for them to accompany me to work on saturday morning. first, they tried to get out of doing any actual labour by hiding amongst the shop socks.
(they do like to show off a bit, those monkeys). although i wanted to cast on for yet another pair immediately (that's how much i love love love this pattern - the best fitting socks i've knitted so far!) i resisted, and cast on for a pair for the RSA instead (i can be generous when i want to be).
these are going to be the re-footable socks from "favorite socks" (spelled that way because it's an american book, but the sock patterns are good, so i'll allow it). the socks are knitted from the cuff down, with the leg worked in the round. the heel stitches are then set aside & the instep is worked flat to the toe, then the heel stitches are picked up, and the sole is also worked flat & attached to the instep as you work back & forth. that way, when the sole wears out you can take it off & knit a new sole, without unravelling the instep as well. the RSA does wear through knitted socks faster than i do (probably because she doesn't sit about knitting & is actually out & about doing things!) so it seemed like an interesting technique to try!
& if you've made it to the end of the post despite all the sock talk, here's your reward - a mini-contest! tell me where i got the title of this post from, & i'll put the names of everyone who gets it right into a hat & draw a winner for this:
contest will close on wednesday evening!!