Whippersnapper

Yup, still busy bringing the early patterns back out of hibernation!  Today, it’s time for Whippersnapper.

whippersnapper 1 smallI won’t lie, these are not hard socks.  They’re basically just a pretty rib with a bit of fancy stitch work in a few of the columns.  But sometimes, well sometimes that’s just what you need!  You’ll have them memorized in no time, and the resulting sock is undeniably dapper.

whippersnapper 2 smallI made mine in a thicker yarn (Plucky Knitter Primo Aran) at 7 stitches per inch, but it’s one of those patterns you could easily make at 8 or 9 stitches per inch (if you were using a more traditional sock weight yarn).  These were made as guy socks (and I think they’re a really good example of a sock that your more sedate dressers will wear but that won’t make knitters weep tears of boredom), but I have it on good authority that they look awfully nice in bright pink, too.

whippersnapper 3 smallI’m delighted to have them back up, and I hope you will be, too.  You can grab the pattern yourself right over here.  And be sure to use the code SNAPPY to get $1.00 off the price through the end of the day Friday, May 8.

More or Less a Sock

The weekend saw some serious sock progress.  The lonely sock now has about 2/3 of a mate (just down past the gusset).  I feel there should be some sort of tasteless joke in there, but I’ll leave filling it in as an exercise for the reader.

For today, I’ll take the opportunity to let Lauren of  Ruthie Pearl and Sue of Adlerwood Quilts know they’ve won the Plucky Knitter yarn (I’ve emailed both to ask for a mailing address).

Now, if I could, I’d send yarn to all of you.  I can’t, but I can give you patterns.  So, from now until Sunday evening my time you can have Whippersnapper for free when you buy any other pattern (I made Whippersnapper with Plucky Knitter’s yarn and loved every minute of it).  To get the pattern for free, just go to my list of patterns, put Whippersnapper in your cart, put something else in your cart, and use the code “Plucky” at checkout.  You’ll see the discount reflected right away.

Whippersnapper

This was supposed to happen Tuesday, but it’s ready now and I’m not the patient type, so I’ve jumped the gun and done it today.

Both the weather and The Boy proved exceptionally agreeable, and many photos were taken.  While the sorry state of our yard is usually something of a shame to me, this time it turned out to be quite convenient.  There were plenty of piles of leaves to serve as handy backdrops.  And our decrepit and alarmingly mossy fence cheerfully lent its services as well (I’m really not sure how it’s still standing, but I’m not going to go out of my way to investigate).

All of which means the socks are now available.  They’re called Whippersnapper, and you can find them over on ravelry.

They’re available in two sizes (a 56 stitch version and a 64 stitch version) and they’re marvelously unisex.  These are simple to make (you’ll have them memorized in no time), but the cabling is enough to keep you from getting bored to death some time around the middle of foot.  Even better, they’re mirrored, so your chances of finishing the second one are better than usual.  If you know someone who deserves a new pair of socks (or if you deserve a pair yourself), these might be just the thing.

Progress

The gray socks are done and blocked.  Tomorrow, if the weather and The Boy are agreeable, I’ll get pictures (The Boy is generally agreeable, it’s the weather that I have suspicions about).  Look for the pattern some time around Tuesday of next week.  Meanwhile, I’m going to do something scandalous and take the weekend off from the magical intarwebs.  I have a suspicion the world will continue without me, but scientific inquiry dictates I double check just to be sure.  If it turns out I was wrong and the world does end, consider me properly apologetic.

Doing the Math

A tiny bit of calculation has revealed that the current pair of socks will, when finished, be made up of about 14,400 stitches.  A further bit of calculation has revealed that I’ve got about 1,550 stitches left to go before I finish the second sock.  This means I am about 89% done.  Really, it’s three inches and a toe.  It’s three hours of knitting.  So why in the world is it taking me so long to do?  And does anyone else figure out how many stitches are in a project and obsessively track how much you’ve finished?