Because I can – Final Edition

That’s right folks!  This is the FINAL Episode!
I may not have won my Olympic Knitting Medal, or set any “official” records, but this is still an accomplishment I feel few will dare to attempt.

Late last Wednesday (or early Thursday morning), 14 beautiful socks emerged from the longest addi Turbo® circular needle I have ever had the pleasure of using.  The process unfolded in many different places, and involved two knit nights at some wonderful local yarn shops.

Unraveled Yarn
Renaissance Yarns

So, without any further ado, here are the socks in all their finished glory…

The Monday Sock:

This is the practical sock, made of Zitron’s Trekking Pro Natura, which is a blend of 75% Wool, and 25% Bamboo Fiber.  This blend is excellent for making socks for men or for people that tend to have sweaty feet, as the bamboo is 3 times more absorbent than cotton, and it is antimicrobial.  The stitch pattern I used for this practical sock was a rib pattern, but with an unusual repeat to keep it interesting.

The Tuesday Sock:

Tuesday is the day of the week in which I tend to get everything in order, so a self-striping yarn, such as Austermann’s Step, was the obvious choice.  The stitch pattern for this sock is a Basket Weave Rib, since Tuesdays are the day I go to the spinners’ and weavers’ guild meetings.  The fact that this yarn is treated with Aloe Vera and Jojoba oils makes it an absolute delight to use.  I find it interesting that this is the only pair of “identical twins” in the entire collection.

The Wednesday Sock:

As Wednesday is the “Traditional” middle of the week (aka, Hump Day), I chose a little bit of dazzling color to help get through the rest of the week.  This yarn is also from the Austermann Step family, called Step Duett.  The stitch pattern is a Chevron Rib.

The Thursday Sock:

Thursday is still in the work week, but in the final countdown to the weekend.  Schoeller + Stahl’s Mexico Cotton Stretch is a self-striping blend of Cotton, Wool, Nylon and Elastic, and a perfect choice for that final “stretch” to the weekend!  The cotton in this yarn makes it a great option for those in warmer climates.  The stitch pattern I chose, the Mistake Rib, was intended as a play on words.

The Friday Sock:

Fridays are just plain Crazy, and the yarn I used for this sock is currently one of the most popular sock yarns that skacel carries – Schoppel Wolle’s Zauberball Crazy.  This stitch pattern went through a bit of an evolutionary process, but the final cabled pattern shows off this yarn well.  Notice how the cables go in opposite directions on the 2 socks?  (I know.  Seven different patterns just weren’t enough!)

The Saturday Sock:

Having been exposed to the 3/50 project, I wanted to make sure this sock represents my commitment to shopping at locally owned shops, the neighborhood LYS (Local Yarn Shop).  Helping the local economy by buying locally is a good, patriotic thing to do, as this delightful Schoeller + Stahl’s Fortissima Nationalfarben yarn reminds me.  It was fun to create a pattern with stars and stripes, although upon completion, it looks more like fireworks.  I expect I will wear these on the Fourth of July.

The Sunday Sock:

I think, when push comes to shove, that this is probably my favorite sock.  I love all of them, but because of the sentiment attached to this sock, it holds a special place in my heart.  The yarn is Zitron’s Trekking Maxima and is actually the most conservative of all the color ways used in this project.  The stitch pattern, however, is what makes this sock so special.  I decided to make this sock in memory of my father, who was a minister.  The pattern is based on one of his favorite scripture verses.  “I am the Vine, you are the Branches”.  I don’t think I’ve ever made so many bobbles!

So there they are!

I have been to some pretty interesting places with this project, from yarn shops to Sock Summit, but I think the most unusual place of all was in the stands at a hockey game.

Pucks and Purls. Thunderbird Hockey Game.

Thank you to:
Karin Skacel, for believing I could actually do this.
skacel colletion, inc., for the fantastic yarns and the magical addi lace 120” circular needle.
Judy Becker, for Judy’s Magic Cast On.
Cat Bordhi, for the toe design, the twittering, and the occasional prodding.
Chrissy Gardiner, for the hybrid heel concept from her Toe Up! book.
Jeny Staiman, for Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off (found on Knitty.com).
Candice Bledsoe, for the photography along the way.

It has been quite a journey, and many of you have been there either in spirit or in person along the way.  I thank you for your words of encouragement, and cajoling, and confirmation that this is probably the craziest thing I’ve done in a long time.  To answer the question … yes, I would do it again, and I will … but not for a while.

What’s next?

I’ll keep you posted…

Prince Entrelac aka Brian