FO: Turkish Walrus

Turkish Walrus

These are my May socks for the Sockamonth5 knitalong, and they are a total cheat. The whole pair was knit in March/April 2006, but I never finished them because I screwed up the cuffs. And then I had to make "buttons" and knit up a little tab to sew them on, and they got stuck in the back of the cupboard and forgotten about. Occasionally they'd make an appearance and I'd look at them guiltily, thinking that I really ought to just get them done. But then I'd stick them back in a bag and forget about them for a few more months.

In the spirit of finishing off long-lingering UFOs (and in panic because my other socks are no-way-no-how going to be finished by the end of the month), I pulled them out last night and finished them on the bus this morning.

It took 15 min, max. Pshaw!

Turkish Walrus

Pattern: my own, named for my lovely sister-in-law B, pattern available as soon as I get my butt in gear pattern now available as a pdf file - email me (porpoiseknits AT gmail DOT com) if you'd like a copy.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport, 100% wool, in Sunburst Gold (308), French Clay (N17), Burnt Sienna (101) and Sapphire (N65)
Needles: US 3/3.25 mm
Gauge: 28 sts/36 rows per 4 inches in stranded pattern
Comments: My SIL, who is actually Turkish, gave me a pair of beautiful socks many many Christmas ago, which I wore until they got huge holes in the heels. And then I wore them some more. And then I realized that I couldn't wear them and needed to make a replacement pair. These socks are a toe-up, quick knit in sport-weight yarn, with a garter stitch buttoned cuff. A nice easy pattern if you are a beginner to stranded/Fair Isle knitting. You can use as many colors as you like, making the stripes as thick as you like.

Turkish Walrus cuff

Cuff detail

Turkish Walrus heel

Toe-up heel flap

I'll be wearing these with my Birks this summer to protect me in the Houston AC wars. Hooray for new socks (that required less then one bus ride to finish)!