To distract myself from things-worrying-my-brain, I sat down this afternoon and finally finished the last Canal du Midi sock, in time to take pictures in the evening sun (how amazing, to have the sun still hitting my porch at 6:00 p.m. -- the mountains behind me used to block it out by 4 p.m.).
Pattern: Canal du Midi socks, from Knitting on the Road
Yarn: Socks that Rock in "Marbles"
Needles: Those same metal dpns, US 1
Started: 23 March 2006
Completed: 9 April 2006
Notes: Well... I don't like the spiral toe too much. On the one I just knit, it makes a slightly uncomfortable ridge right under my toes. And it's pointy. Next time, I'd just do a regular, kitchner stitch toe (you can see on the right sock where I messed up the spiral.. the left is better, but they're still pointy).
But... that said, I love the pattern. It knits quickly (if it hadn't been for that long weekend with no fourth dpn and a house guest or two, I would have finished much quicker) and looks beautiful. I love STR, particularly this colorway. I want to make a pair of straight stockinette socks with it just to enjoy the color of the yarn. As it is, I think these look like tapestry. And I'm really pleased with the twisted technique of picking up stitches along the heel flap. No more holes!
If I were to do it again, I would use a solid yarn for this sock pattern. I think next time I'll also do a rounded heel rather than the square heel. But... I'm very, very happy with them.