The socks I mentioned the other day are out. I’ve called them Once More With Feeling to commemorate their magical transformer-style nature. When the bottoms (inevitably) wear out you can snip one stitch, do ten minutes of finishing, and have a pair of fingerless mitts made from the stitches of the leg. You know that the feet wear out long before the legs. (Really, has anyone ever had the leg of their sock wear out? I know I haven’t ever seen it.) I hate the idea of throwing out all that perfectly good knitting on the leg. This is much more fun.
On the off chance you think it’s a terrible idea, the pattern also includes instructions for making a standard sock. And just in case you want mitts now and don’t want to wait for socks to wear out, instructions for making mitts straight away are also included. The second photo there (the light purple) was provided by Knit Picks and shows their new tonal sock yarn. Looks to be lovely stuff, but I didn’t want you to wonder why the two colors of purple looked so different.
On another note, turns out you really like the idea of reversible socks. Who knew? I’ve finished the leg of the first one and am fiddling with the heel flap, pictures to follow shortly. Now the only thing with reversible socks is that the sole of the sock is going to look dramatically different depending on the side you’ve got showing (well, unless you double knit the sole, but I’m sure not going to do that, so I don’t expect you to either). Anyone find that to be an insurmountable difficulty, or do you just accept it as the fundamental nature of knitting and carry blithely on?