Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot in "Wildflowers," 60% superwash wool, 25% mohair, 15% nylon
Pattern: "Badcaul" by Anna Bell
Size: 9" long, 8" around
Yes, you read that right. I started these socks in August of 2007 and finished them tonight, January of 2010. It took me 2 1/2 years to knit a simple pair of socks that the designer whipped out in one week. I have no good explanation, except that 2007 was a weird knitting year for me (some of you may recall my total aversion to knitting during the first trimester of my pregnancy with Amelia). Whether that was the case with these socks or something else, I don't know. For some reason, I knit 75% of these socks, put the live stitches on scrap yarn and put the whole project back into my yarn bin, one completed sock and all.
Equally strange was how strongly I felt that I had to finish them this past Sunday afternoon. I have no idea what made them pop into my head and certainly am not wanting for handknit socks, but a knitting urge is a knitting urge, so I went with it.
(This photo was taken in '07. It is NOT sandal weather around here now.)
I made a bunch of mistakes in '07 and a few more in '10 but at this point, just getting the socks done was way more important than being a perfectionist. It was really difficult for me to notice an error on sock #2 that would have required going all the way back down to the toe to fix it and simply ignore it. But I did. I then proceeded to go a little cable crazy by not doing enough plain rounds in between cables for about an inch. Again, I didn't want to go back. I'm hoping the dark variegated colors will hide the mistakes and if that doesn't work, then my shoes will!
They are truly soft and stretchy socks though. Love the yarn and love the pattern. Maybe I had to finish them now because I needed a little color in the middle of winter?
P.S. Oh yeah, I also just remembered that I didn't exactly follow the pattern. I used the Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula and then inserted the Badcaul pattern for the foot and the cuff. Why? No idea.