Though I did not show any restraint at all in buying yarn (how much would you pay? But wait, there’s more!), I did hold myself to one knitting project on this trip, my second sock in the Kai-Mei pattern. With barely an inch done on the cuff ribbing when I started the trip, here is what I landed with in Dusseldorf.
We might as well have made that second beer a larger one, because we never got off the ground that night. A baggage handlers’ strike meant we scrambled for a hotel room for all of about 5 hours sleep. But we eventually made it to Munich, and my sock made it into the foot motifs.
Coming home to this almost finished me, but instead, I grafted my toes and finished the socks. The left sock seems a titch more snug than the right one, perhaps from having pulled the right one off and on several times to fit it, perhaps because jet-lagged knitting has a different gauge. I’ll get them blocked and see what I think then, but in the meantime am hoping I don’t have to find the ends that I wove in ever so nicely.
Summary: Pattern - Kai Mei by Cookie A. Yarn - Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy sock yarn, colorway 1631. Size 0 needles. I cast on 72 stitches instead of the 66 suggested in the pattern, and at my gauge 78 stitches would have been as good or better. The diagonal pattern across the foot causes the sock to skew when not worn - not a problem, but do carefully note the sides of the sock before you start decreasing for the toe.
Now what shall I knit? It seems there is still time for warm sweaters…