It's been about 3 years since I last knit myself a pair of socks. Spicy burns through his socks so quickly that he's always in need of a new pair. Sometimes it gets kind of boring because all of the pretty lacy patterns that i like aren't appropriate. I've wanted to knit the Twisted Flower Socks for a very long time. I bought the pattern as a single download when it came out. I decided to take some time out for Me Socks so i picked out a skein of Dwarf Sock and cast-on.
I loved this pattern. it's not as difficult as it looks but it does require you to pay attention. it's charted only and there is patterning on every row, so I would say this pattern is appropriate for an intermediate knitter. normally i'm not that big of a fan of twisted stitches but you get a decent break from them in this design every few rows so it's not bad. I knit these socks one at a time because you need to rearrange stitches somewhat frequently and it's a pain to do when you knit both socks simultaneously. fortunately the pattern is interesting enough that i didn't get bored after the first one and quit.
In a perfect world, I would've knit one more repeat for the cuff to make them taller, but A) i was worried that they wouldn't stretch over my giganti-calves, and B) i got really tired of running out of yarn on my last several projects and didn't want to risk it. naturally i had a substantial amount of the skein leftover and making them longer would not have been a problem at all, but whatev.
The 4ply structure of Dwarf Sock makes for lovely stitch definition. They are very comfy to wear and i'm sure i'll get a lot of use out of them this fall and winter. The color variation is quite subtle in this shade and it shows off the patterning beautifully.
I'm sure my next few pairs of socks will be for Spicy, but maybe I should start trying to pick more challenging designs so that I don't knit one and then put the project down for a couple of years.