And, I'm not talking about Sofee here!
I recently discovered the "Norwegian Rose Sock" pattern by Wendy D. Johnson. It's a pattern in her newest book, "Toe-Up Socks for Every Body". I loved the pattern, but not a fan of toe-ups, so I tried to get it out of my mind. No Could Do!!!! (Yes, I know I could have easily knit it as a cuff-down, but somehow I always feel obligated to knit a pattern as intended, for the most part. At least the first time I knit it.)
So...I bought the book, revisited her first book, "Socks from the Toe Up" which I have had since April of 2009, and have barely looked at it until now.
I knit several pairs of Toe-ups years and years ago......when it was a new concept, and the patterns were not nearly as refined and perfected as they obviously are these days. These were sheer pleasure! (Not to say that I will become a toe-up convert, but I will no longer shun a pattern due to this construction.)
I cast on a pair of plain vanilla socks (with gusset heel construction) to test the toe-up waters. Hmmmm - pretty smooth sailing, so I took the plunge with the Norwegian Rose pattern.
The Peachy ones are knit out of a Lisa Souza "Sock!" yarn that I had balled and waiting in my stash. Ball band is gone, so not sure of the color. It so reminds me of Dreamsicles. 72 stitches, totally knit on size 2.00 mm (US 0) needles.
The NR are knit out of Cascade Heritage. I really like it for color work. I know how it will handle, it's superwash, so can be gifted with abandon, and the line of colors is growing. Oh, and it's also available at my LYS, which is another plus! These have 74 stitches, knit on 2.25mm needles - except the toes, heel and ribbing cuff which were all knit on 2.00 mm.
I really like both of these, so knitting sock #2's will be no problem.....No worries about fit, etc, so knitting bliss.