Okay, work has been interfering with my knitting and blogging way too much! I finally finished my second Trekking XXL sock a couple of months ago and now I have finally photographed them. They fit great and are wonderfully soft and warm. They’ve been through the washing machine a few times, and one has been through the dryer once (oops), and they’re holding up great.

I used Addi Turbos size 0 (2mm) to get a gauge of about 9-10 stitches per inch, did toe up, 4×2 garter rib, with a reverse heel flap construction similar to the modified Falling Leaves socks. These are the first pair of socks I’ve knit for myself! Yay!

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Okay, I haven’t finished my first Trekking XXL sock yet, but I’ve got about 6″ of the leg done. I haven’t decided how long I want it to be. That would be a whole lot easier if I had 2 separate skeins of yarn, one for each sock, or a scale that could tell me how close I am to half of the Trekking yarn. Oh well! Anyway, my camera battery has lost its ability to hold a charge, so I have no new sock pictures. Sorry!

Instead, here’s a Timmy picture, looking much larger than a 2-year-old boy, as usual. I tried out the height predictor at Babycenter.com (which takes into account current age, height, weight, and mommy/daddy height), and it said he will be 6’3″ with 96% chance he’ll be within 3 inches of that, meaning that he’ll be no shorter than 6’0″! If he takes after his dad’s side of the family, he’ll be large-framed too. A friend of mine keeps telling me he’ll become a great football player and make lots of money to take care of me in my old age, but I’ve seen enough football injuries in the Emergency Department, and in Radiology! I hope he takes after me and his dad and goes into music, then makes his fortune to take care of us in our old age that way instead.  🙂

Yay! I’m finally knitting something for me! I have been obsessed with this kind of yarn ever since I saw GGH Marathon but was unable to acquire it (DISCONTINUED Image). Then this Trekking XXL appeared, so I snatched it up immediately! It’s been waiting patiently in my stash for some time to knit socks for myself. This colorway is closest to the one I wanted of Marathon, with subtly changing shades of olive green, brown, rust, and even flecks of lilac. I chose a simple garter stitch 4×2 rib, and it’s turning out lovely, if I do say so myself! My feet are rather small — size 6, so store bought socks are usually baggy around the heels. For these, I’m knitting a narrower heel which fits very nicely. Can’t wait to finish them!

I’m using a circular 1.5mm Addi Turbo, getting gauge of about 10 stitches per inch. I’m doing Magic Loop for the first time, and since it’s not too different from using two circulars, it’s going smoothly. I turned the toe with short rows using decreases instead of wraps, and a reverse gusset and flap heel.