now that feels like an accomplishment

I gave my right pinky quite a blister last night with this – but I felt sooooo close and I just had to finish and show it to you! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first half of my Second Socks.

I loooooove this sock. It was quite a significant leap in complexity from my first vanilla socks, but the pattern is very clear and well written. This definitely wasn’t your TV knit, but after a while I even memorised (without trying to!) the pattern for the lace pannel and was able to do the last few repeats while listening to an audio book.

I have to admit, when I first looked at the lace panel instructions, I kind of went “Hm?” and was not at all convinced that they would result in anything similar to the lovely photos. But it seemed to work for everyone else, so I gave Cookie the benefit of the doubt. And oh my. What a gorgeous decorative motif achieved in such an easy way! I love it and have already been thinking about how I could incorporate it in, say, a pullover.

I like the plain side of it quite a lot too. I think I’ll have to make a pair of plain socks in this yarn later, it’s so warm and wooly.

Luckily, it’s a leftover from a ripped sweater and not in best shape (despite the fact that I washed it and rewound it, it’s still looking quite wrinkly – which also explains why some of my stitches aren’t so neat), so I don’t mind using it for socks despite its whiteness. :)

Well, if I remember correctly I showed you the beginnings of this sock last Friday. That means – a week for one complex sock, in addition to working on several other projects at the same time. Not bad. Not bad at all! :)

Happy Friday! :)