I think one reason I am not in love with these socks is the fit. The socks were a bit wide and so to compensate, I made them shorter. They fit my feet okay, but still, eh. They are wide because I am insane. Not insane in that I can't tell how wide my feet are, but insane because there was pooling in the colors and so I had to get past that and this was the way that happened. Mind you, the pooling happened anyway once I started increasing for the gusset, so bah. I hate pooling and I think that I need to quit buying these pretty variegated yarns. I know better and yet I seem to buy them anyway. I buy them, I knit them and then I am underwhelmed. I was going to say, such is life I suppose. But instead I shall be more proactive. Oh yes. I shall make a proclamation. One involving lame yarn purchases. I will need to ponder my proclamation, to draft it just so. But just wait, it will be good (or not).
So anyway, these socks took some time to knit. And, it wasn't just because they are so wide and have extra stitches or that Lady Bean is a time suck and I couldn't work on them often. Oh no, these socks took awhile because of all of the flipping around in the book I had to do. I like the idea of the mix and match heel, toe and arch, but making it work was a bitch. I have six different post-it notes marking six different things I was flipping between. In the end, I used the Rushing Rivulet stitch pattern with the Riverbend Architecture and the Whirlpool toe.
The Rushing Rivulet stitch pattern is pretty, though somewhat obscured by the yarn's many colors. I tried to mute the colors in the picture so you could see the pattern. In any event, it is a nice stitch pattern and super easy. I'm sure I will use it again at some point.
The Whirlpool toe is basically the star toe only done in a toe up manner. It was easy to do and a toe I am sure I will do again. The Riverbend Architecture consists of putting your gusset on the sole of the sock. I'm not sure how I feel about this as far as comfort in walking. We'll have to see how they feel once I wear them.
So overall the socks are okay. The book and the pattern are great ideas, if a bit fussy and pain-in-the-ass-turning-forth-and-back-y.
Yarn: Socks That Rock, medium weight, Watermelon Tourmaline.
Needles: Addi Circs, size 3.0 mm (US 2)
Pattern: Cat Bordhi's Rushing Rivulet Riverbend socks.
Time: 27 days.
Care: Machine wash, dry flat.