Sunday, August 30, 2009
Gary's Hefty Hiking Socks!
Here they are: just a teensy bit large -- Gary's hoping they'll shrink in warm water, although I doubt it, since the wool's superwash -- but probably wearable even at their current size. Of course I made some mistakes, but I still think this is an entirely credible pair of socks. We won't have a final verdict until Gary's tried them out on the trail, of course.
Gary chose the yarn, and he's really pleased by the weight and thickness of the socks, which will certainly provide a lot of cushioning on hikes. Wool's the fiber of choice for hiking socks, especially in cold weather, because it stays warm even when it's wet. He wanted fairly high socks to protect his legs from dust and burrs.
I was pleased with how the heels on these came out. They were simple to knit and fit Gary well. I'm still trying to decide which increase method I prefer -- knit front & back, or raised increase -- but I'll settle on a formula eventually. In the meantime, I'm having fun trying different techniques, and look forward to many happy months of sock knitting.