I've finally, finally finished the socks I've been working on since October 8th, 2012 according to my record on Ravelry. It is really strange that I have gone multiple days in a row without knitting ever since I started graduate school. This is especially strange considering knitting was my biggest stress reliever in my undergraduate days. So, I was even more proud of myself when they didn't look like this anymore:
The pattern is Belle Epoque by Wendy Johnson from her book Toe-Up Socks for Every Body. I love Wendy's patterns, I learned how to knit two-at-a-time, toe-up socks from one of her books and she made it so easy with her clear instructions. I'm not usually one for lacy things (although who doesn't enjoy decreases), but I really loved how these looked. After struggling with the cuffs for a while I decided to go with just a plain ribbing, which I don't like quite as much.
The yarn is Cascade Heritage Silk, which is a nice merino/silk blend. I don't like most of Cascade's yarns, they have always been a disappointment to me when compared to Berroco. I didn't think that it was as soft as that blend should be, but I've noticed that about Cascade's competitor to Berroco Ultra Alpaca as well. It did have a gorgeous color complimented by a slight shininess that I loved though.
I actually finished these before holidays, but couldn't find the time to photograph them. I also couldn't stop wearing them because they take me back to my modern dance days for some reason (I want to wear a long flowy skirt with them). So there you have it! Another finished project!