What better remedy for a dreary day than a pair of bright orange socks?
These are the Milo Socks from Cookie A.'s Sock Innovation. Like most of her patterns it's fairly complex, but the instructions are clear. The Lorna's Laces yarn is wonderful. I have no idea how frequently I will wear bright orange socks but I'm sure I'll enjoy them even if it's just hanging around the house.
For reasons I cannot explain, it took me five months to knit the first sock and about two weeks to knit the second.
I love the pattern of X's and O's running down the back of the socks.
In my haste, I forgot to add a second strand of yarn for reinforcement when working the heel of the second sock. So when I finished, I went back and very patiently duplicate stitched the heel. I hate duplicate stitch and I'm terrible at it, and I'm sure I managed to skip some rows. But it's still better than nothing, and much better than doing lots of darning later.
That is one cheerful looking gusset.
I've been working on these socks for so long, I've felt a little lost in the few days since I finished. But I'm sure I'll find something to fill the hole they've left in my knitting life.