After I finished March's sock club socks, I had some time before May's arrived. I decided to pull some everyday yarn out of the stash and use a pattern I haven't used before.
This is a Cookie A pattern, and she's startlingly brilliant. This sock is supposed to be an introduction into both lace and sock-ity* patterns, so it's a pretty simple four-row lace repeat. It looks much more complicated than it is, and I love that. It also looks great in a solid colorway; I think a variegated colorway would have detracted from the pattern.
I have considered that my pictures would look better if they weren't taken a) late at night, and b) on my bathroom floor. I haven't decided how much I care though.
When I tried on these socks, I told Andrew that I felt like one was slightly smaller than the other. This happens to me a lot, and it makes me nutty. It's not a huge problem, and the difference isn't noticeable once they've been washed and blocked, but I always feel disappointed by it. It seems to always be true that the second sock is slightly smaller than the first sock knitted, which makes me think I just get impatient and want to be finished sooner than I should. ** Andrew looked at me and said, "Do you think it's possible one foot is slightly larger than the other?"
Yes, that is a possibility. I had never considered it. It wouldn't have to be a big difference--a quarter of an inch might be noticeable if you're as OCD as I am. Now I have to decide which I choose to believe, that my feet are mismatched or that I can't knit socks the same size. I haven't decided yet.
*Yes, it's a made up word. But I bet Merriam-Webster will love it. It's much catchier than sockness, which I also considered.
**Most sock patterns won't have row-by-row directions for the entire foot. They'll just say something like, "Continue in pattern until sock is 2" shorter than you want it to ultimately be. Then begin toe."