Finally, more than a year after finishing them, this design is finally ready for publication! Since these were originally designed a whole bunch of life happened that kept them from being ready for primetime, but I'm really proud to finally share them with you.
These guys are knit out of my favorite sock yarn, Georgian Bay Fibre Co.'s Bayfield Sock. This sock yarn is just perfect, round and bouncy with softness, shine and a little bit of fuzz. Being superwashed BFL and nylon it has just the right balance of strength and softness. Now, it's not going to be buttery soft like an MCN, but it's also not going to pill or wear the way those soft yarns do.
The colorway is another favorite if mine, Grondine Swell. When Carla first created this colorway two summers ago I tried to "steal" the very first skein from her. Since then, I've worked with it a few times and it remains one of my favorite colorways in the collection. Also, I've kayaked around Point Grondine and this colorway perfectly captures my memory of the roiling waters on that treacherous point.
And finally the sock. With a main lace panel down the centre, and two flanking mirrored lace columns, this sock is quickly memorized and flexible in sizing. If you wanted to make this pattern smaller or larger, you could easily add or remove some of the plain stitching in the "side seams" without changing the overall effect of the socks. I like building in these small areas so you can fiddle with the sizing to make them work perfectly for you.
I'm so glad to have these socks out in the world and you can find out more and purchase them on Ravelry.