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May 2014 Socks: Start to Finish

I actually finished May's socks in two days, and didn't even think to take a picture of the cast-on.  My family and I have all been battling coughs and colds all week, so I have been in a bit of a fog.  Still knitting and crocheting a lot.... just doing so in a fog!

Nevertheless, May's socks are DONE!  I am really pleased with them.  These are intended as Christmas gifts for my oldest son.  He is a Gryffindor, through and through, and it really helps that he is obsessed with the color RED!  I know he is going to love those, and I can't wait to give them to him (but I will wait... until December!).

I believe this is my third pair created without a pattern, and I am the MOST happy with this pair.  Knitting without a pattern has forced me to work out some of the kinks that inevitably arise.  For example, with the first pair (March 2014 pair), I felt the heel flap was too short.  Now since it was for my middle son, I thought that would be a good thing, until I remembered how integrally connected the length of the heel flap is to the gusset decreases, and you can't have a shapely and appropriate gusset without a heel flap of proper length.

Each time I had gotten to turning the heel, too, I felt really insecure (even though this is my FAVORITE part of knitting socks) and I would grab a knitting tutorial to remind myself exactly how it goes (so I wouldn't mess up).  Well, I messed up anyway, twice (once with the March socks and again with these April socks) and had to rip back and do it again.  FINALLY, though, with these May socks, I didn't need to consult anything and I got it on the first try!  WOOT!!!! 

My goal in knitting patternless socks was to become SO familiar with sock structure that I could start getting creative and coming up with my own stitch patterns.  I feel comfortable enough to do this with hats, and I wanted to have that freedom with socks, as well.  With hats, I can just grab any old yarn and needles and come up with a hat that fits somebody.  I've created some of my own hat patterns too (nothing formally written down; just improvisations done on the fly) and I love that freedom of being able to go pattern-less.  I am hoping by the end of this year I will feel that way with socks, too!

Enough blabber; here are the finished pair of May socks; all hail Gryffindor!
(Note:  The red in this picture looks nauseatingly vibrant; almost hot pink; or maybe its just my computer.  The actual red is much softer and darker than this; anyone familiar with Vanna's Choice will know what I'm talking about!)

MAY 2014 SOCK NOTES:

Yarn:  Vanna's Choice in Cranberry, 1 skein
           Vanna's Choice in Mustard, part of 1 skein (contrast color)

Needles:  Knit Picks Harmony Interchangeables, size 7

Pattern:  None; just a basic sock

Crafting Dates:  May 14-16, 2014

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