I finished another pair for me - this time in self-striping yarn from Twisted Limone, a UK-based purveyor of woolly self-striping gobstoppers. If you want some of this yarn, you will have to stalk her Etsy shop between 3pm and 4pm (UK time) on a Saturday afternoon. (I don't know what's going on today - her update is already live and it's only 12.30pm!)
She only dyes 3 or 4 balls a week, and every one is unique, though she does custom orders if you spot something in her Sold archives that you can't live without. I have a habit of "checking" every Saturday... just in case there is a heart-stopping colourway on the shelf. This was my first and only purchase to date: the Poppy Field colour. It is a 75% superwash wool / 25% nylon base and is slightly hairy.
Sock One has a pink mini-stripe on the front of the foot...
While Sock Two has a broader stripe of lime green...
I started the heel flap on Sock One at the end of a black stripe, while the second one (with the same number of rows in the leg) started on the third row of lime green.
Wise Hilda's Basic Ribbed Sock" over 60 stitches.
It has an unusually narrow heel-base, which sits underneath my foot rather than cupping the heel. I am not sure if I like this or not: I will wear this pair for a while before I decide whether or not to knit the pattern again. I am very happy with the ribbing, which made them more fun to knit than a plain sock and shows off the stripes pretty well.
I like them a lot!
P.S. Before you ask, those are indeed new shoes in the top picture. Studded Doc Martens! I found them on ebay. The previous owner said she had only worn them once and they are in perfect condition. I had hoped they would work with summer skirts but I need thick socks underneath to fit properly. I am pleased to report I can drive in them and they are very comfortable - woo hoo!