I did something atypical for a knitter this weekend . . . I finished a gift on time! Here is my latest FO, Angie's birthday socks:
Pattern: Rivulets Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
Source: one of many patterns generously offered for free on the Wendy Knits blog
Materials: Malabrigo Sock yarn in "Abril", and US 1 and US 2 circular needles
1) As usual, I substituted short-row heels and toes for the ones called for in the pattern.
2) The pattern called for size US 0 needles. I started with US 1's to get gauge, then I went up to US 2's near the top of the sock for a little bit of calf shaping.
3) I learned a new bind off to create a stretchy edge on the sock cuff. I went searching and found "Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off" from Knitty, for K1, P1 ribbing. I think it worked out well.
Angie, I hope you like them, and I hope you are having a wonderful birthday weekend.