I have been a bad blogger this week, as I have had a house full of people for days, and have not had a lot of knitting progress to report. My current WIPs require some sustained attention (more on that later) so I have focused enough on the Calla Lilly socks to be able to finish them today.
Pattern: Calla Lilly Socks by Sundara Yarns
Yarn: Sundara Petals Collection superwash merino, "calla lilly"
Needles: US1 Addi Turbo 40"
Pattern notes: I tried magic loop with these socks for the first time, and I may be a convert. I have some problems with pain in my fingertips when I use metal (or even bamboo) DPNs, and even had numbness in my fingers for a while after knitting Mom's marathon socks. This was much more comfortable on my fingers, and I do think it went quicker. The pattern called for Nancy Bush's welsh heel, also a first for me. According to the pattern, if you knit as written you won't have any holes, but I ended up with a hole on both socks. Nothing tragic, but a hole nonetheless. My lace is also a little wonky on the first sock, but the lace disappears enough to make the mistake very hard to see. I managed to misplace the pattern before finishing the second sock, and had to deconstruct the toe decreases by eyeballing the first one. Not a perfect job, but again, good enough.
The true pleasure of these socks was the yarn. The colors are glorious, the finished product is fantastic, and the pattern was simple enough to be a knit-while-terribly-busy project, yet the color changes and pattern details made it a satisfying, interesting knit. I do have a lot of yarn left over, so it may become some cute baby booties, or more likely, will join the other little balls of sock yarn leftovers in the sock drawer.