Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bentley's first socks

I've always thought highly of my friend Nancy, but recently her greatness was made official. A few weeks ago her nephew and his wife welcomed a baby boy; congratulations Great Aunt Nancy! With a broken ankle limiting her activity, Nancy's been spending a lot of time with baby Bentley. A plaster cast means no walking, no driving, no swimming, not much activity at all, so minding the baby is a welcome distraction.

All this talk of babies got me to thinking about baby socks as a good use for sock yarn leftovers. So I'm trying my hand at these Better Than Booties Baby Socks by Ann Budd. The construction is interesting - a short row heel and then identical short rows to create the toe. The "zigzag" bind off runs across the top of the foot. I considered grafting to bind off instead, but I like the raised ridge created by the zigzag. The otherwise plain foot and toe benefits from the visual interest.

With the first sock done from start to finish in just over an hour, I plan to knit a few pairs and then post them off at the end of the week. Instant gratification knitting. And stash busting too!


Anonymous said...

A wonderful two-fer --- hope your Aunt's ankle heals up soon.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I love baby socks so cute and so quick!

One pair of Hands said...

That heel & tow shaping sounds interesting.

Frieda said...

Love the socks , so sweet ! I'll have to give them a try , especially with 2 babies expected in the new year .