His and Hers Cable Footies. (Ravelry Project Page Link)
For my final socktoberfest socks, I made three pairs of these cable footies. This brought my sock total to 4 pairs for the month. The weather has not been great for photos, but I hope these are good enough to give you an idea of the pattern and yarn. This pattern would be great for Christmas gifts.
First, pattern notes. It was the Cable Footies pattern from Leigh Radford’s One Skein. (Interweave Press). I’ve actually made five patterns from this book, which makes it one of my most-used books. Of those patterns (the footies, felted clutch, baby bolero, cupcakes, and the bath puff) I’ve made all except for the bath puff several times. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow. Fast and fun. I felt that even though I got gauge with size 7 needles (the pattern suggests 8), the finished fabric was a bit more loose than I prefer. I would do these in a size 6 in the future. I made the medium size, and found the instep and ankle too large. I would consider omitting a repeat of the cable pattern in the future and reworking the stitch count accordingly. As is, my husband and I will have to roll down the top to make a cuff if we want to wear these.
Now for the yarn. For mine, I used Superwash Worsted by Sliver Moon Farm. I bought it at Rhinebeck. Love the colorway! It has subtle depth with no pooling or awkward changes. It was a pleasure to work with -soft and beautiful, and I can’t wait to work with it again.
For his, I used another Rhinebeck purchase, Soft Touch W4 by Shelridge Farm. This yarn was also wonderful to work with. I am using it for a Hemlock Ring blanket as well. I machine washed (cold, gentle) and dried (low air) both pairs with good results.
All in all, so far I am thrilled with the quality of my Rhinebeck purchases. I wound up nearly all of them, and found no issues with knots or thinning. The quality in general of the yarns far exceeded my expectations based on my experiences with mass produced yarns. I am already excited for next year, but I have to use up all of the yarn from this year’s festival first.