Here are my completed Gyokuro socks from Cookie A's August 2012 Sock Club installment. I knitted them for my neighbor, Kristin, who helped us so much when we moved from Virginia to Alabama. Amongst other things, she sent us our mail that had not been forwarded, checked on our furnace repair, and put out our overflowing recycling. She certainly is busy enough already with her young family and her novels and we are deeply indebted to her for her generosity.
The yarn is Enchanted Knoll Farm Superwash sock yarn in the Genmaicha colorway and this color happens to look very nice on Kristin. I used my 2.25 mm Signature Needle Arts 32 inch circular needles. I hadn't been very happy with the needle joins, but the stiletto tips were very helpful for this project. I used my 2.00 Addi Turbo needles for the heels, but not the toes. I thought the size difference would detract from the toe patterning.
I had an issue with the foot pattern and the lone twisted stitch in the middle. The reverse stockinette before this stitch was looser than the reverse stockinette after the stitch and this made for a very uneven looking sock. One might see this better on the Ravelry project pages. For the second sock, I started the Magic Loop on the far right of the foot instead of just before the middle twisted stitch like I did on the first sock, and this improved the desparity between the two sides. I tightened up the stitches of the first sock with a dpn, a bit tedious, but well worth the result.
Thank you to Kristin for being such an amazing neighbor!