The good thing about long train journeys and extended sojourns in hospital waiting rooms is the Finest Quality Knitting Time.
I only cast on the second sock of this pair on Saturday and was finished on Wednesday - woot!
What can I tell you?
The pattern is Lenora by Kimberley Delacruz, and it was originally a Three Irish Girls sock club design. Anyone can buy it now, so I did!
It was designed for a seacell yarn, but I used Old Maiden Aunt Superwash merino, which is probably a finer yarn. Even so, I thought this was rather generously-sized, with 72 stitches round the ankle and foot. I usually think of "a 72" as being a man-sized sock and I should have listened to myself because it is definitely too big for me.
Despite its girth, it is designed as a short ankle sock, which is more suited to the girls I know than the men. I therefore knitted it a bit longer in the foot, with a larger-footed gal in mind: I can think of three: queue up ladies!
The Girl modelled for me, and observed that they were a good fit ; )
Gorgeous handpainted yarn in "Bluebells" colourway from Old Maiden Aunt! It has quite a good tight spin, which is always my preference for socks. It reminds me a lot of my old favourite Piece of Beauty sock yarn, which is sadly no longer available. Maybe I should stock up with Old Maiden Aunt! ; )
Perfect meditative sock-knitting! There was enough going on to keep me interested, without any head-scratching or unpicking.
The finished socks are pretty without being fussy, so good to gift.
So... yes! It's a pair of socks! :D