These socks have been languishing on the needles since mid-February, but they are now finished! The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the colorway Fiddlehead. I used most of the ball, but I have about 17.5 grams left–enough to make Z some matching socks if I choose. Matt would prefer I use the entire ball, each time, to have the tallest socks possible, but I get bored with the yarn and the socks sometimes and I’d rather just move on to something else. I’m comfortable calling it good when I hit at least a 6 inch cuff or taller when working toe-up.
I went with my usual recipe, toe-up with a heel flap, two-at-a-time, using magic loop. Check out my sock patterns for the general recipe. I did a 1×1 rib on this version, because Matt often has problems with sock sag. I love doing mostly stockinette for the speed, but I like the look of the 1×1 rib as well. Shepherd Sock is moderately durable. I made him another pair of socks out of this yarn and they’re holding up pretty well, but we don’t machine wash and dry them. I’ve also found that this yarn has some odd pooling at smaller sock circumferences. The first pair I made for him out of this yarn was going to be mine until I discovered the pooling was bad at 64 sts, but disappeared at 72, so they became socks for Matt. Lucky guy.