However many pairs of socks I have on the needles, one is always designated as "the traveling sock." This is the one that goes on the boat with me when I head overtown (to the mainland). It also gets some knitting time while I wait at the laundromat for the washer and dryer to do their thing. Generally the traveling sock is a super simple pattern on small needles. It's supposed to take a long time to finish. And it does.
I started the GreenApple Socks in February. Six months – not so bad. Here is their formal portrait.
Here's a closeup of the stitch pattern. It's a simple four-row, four-stitch twist that pops up in every stitch dictionary I've ever seen. First you do two two-stitch twists, then a plain round, then twist just the two middle stitches, a final plain round – and that's it. The yarn is Austermann Step. I've knit with it once before but those socks were gifted. This will be my first opportunity to wear socks knit with Step. If it's as soft on the feet as it is on the hands while knitting, it should be a delight.
Since the pattern used 60 stitches, I did my favorite six-gore toe. It's the same idea as a round toe. Handy if you don't have the right number of stitches to divide into eight sections -- you just divide into six. And the same KBH (acronym for a portion of the feline anatomy) ending; no Kitchener stitch. Not that I mind Kitchener, but sometimes I get bored with it. It's nice to zip the yarn through those final few stitches and be done.
Now, of course, there is a new traveling sock, and with an even simpler pattern. "Slipped Stitch Rib" has only two rows. K3, P3 alternates with K1,SL1,K1,P1,SL1,P1. I've used this pattern before to blur the edges of some red Fake Isle yarn. As a beginning sock knitter I loved Fake Isle. No longer. But I love the browns in this skein and it is the very last Fake Isle in my stash. It will have a lot of trips in the laundry cart and on the boat, and some 6-12 months from now, I'll have a nice pair of brown-tone socks.