feeling a bit sheepish

the wooly-brained ramblings of a knitter and novice spinner... it may be 'a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'...but it's mine ;-)

Saturday, September 17, 2005

siren song

finally getting a break from the antics of this misbegotten machine my computer...it's behaving at the moment so i can post...we'll see how long it lasts grr

here is the final picture of the socks formerly known as "mermaid" but are now known (at least to me) as 'siren' socks!
sockapal2za FINISHED!
i feel this is a much more appropriate epithet title for them, as the first one lulled me into a false sense of security singing of its beauty, then promptly crashed me on the rocks of the "nyah-nyah-you-don't-have-enough-yarn-to-finish-us" shoals ;-)
they were mailed out to my sock pal, Mandy [edit: i had her name blanked out til i was sure she got her socks...she has--HURRAY!], on the 15th (more shock and amazement...i still can't quite believe i had them done in time!), though it's distinctly possible that they didn't go out til friday, considering that they were being mailed from a village post office that collects earlier than i remembered *sigh*

she ought to have them by monday i should think...i just hope she likes them *biting nails* [edit: she did (saturday) and she does! *whew*]

Project Details:

Pattern: "Mermaid" socks from Lucy Neatby's "Cool Socks, Warm Feet". i found this very easy to memorize, and i really like how the pattern works up...definitely thinking about trying to make myself a pair of these at some point. i wasn't too sure about the garter st short-row heel, but once i'd done the first one i really liked how it looked (was easy to do too!), and it sort of 'echoes' the top border. it also seems very 'cushiony' which should make for a good heel. spiral toe design meant no kitchnering! (i can do it, i'm just not fond of it lol)

Materials: 1 skein (BARELY enough) of Blue Moon Fiber Arts "Socks That Rock" 100% Superwash Merino, colorway "Ruby Slippers" (if you peek at the name of her blog, you'll understand why i chose this color *grin*). i REALLY like this yarn (was easy on the hands to knit with, it washes up so soft, and there was no bleeding of the dye despite the color). this was a 4.25 oz skein, approx. 325 yards...see comments below re 'enough yarn for a pair of socks'. worked on US size 1 and 2 Addi Turbos (2.5 and 3mm respectively), using the 'magic loop' technique (this could well make me a more avid sock knitter!)

Notes: this pattern seems to take a bit more yarn than the average pair of socks--i missed the comment in lucy's directions about needing more yarn for larger/longer feet or longer than ankle length socks *sigh*, so it's not fair for me to blame it on the yarn/skein for not having enough--i suspect (will find out) that in a simpler design there'd be plenty of STR to complete a pair. the upper section of the original sock was longer than i'd realized (apparently i can't measure?)...somewhere between 7 and 8 inches. that combined with a slightly longer foot led to the above mentioned "crash". i would definitely encourage anyone to try these (they're not nearly as complicated as they seem, and lucy's directions are clear...well if you read them all lol), just be certain you have a goodly amount of yarn available :-) they were a fun knit, and i'm glad i decided to join, if only to give me the opportunity to try them out.

a bit sad i suppose to see these leave...but there's a new project in the wings: making some special socks for emily, my pal in the sock exchange thingy!


  • At September 18, 2005 4:45 AM, Blogger alison said…

    They're beautiful!

  • At September 18, 2005 10:01 PM, Blogger beadlizard said…

    Gorgeous socks!!!

  • At September 19, 2005 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My Socks are sooooooo beautiful! I love them! I'm wearing them right now! I got them on Sat. after a day of knitting at my NOSO knitin - I had such a great knitting day - I won a foldable canvas project bag and then got home and got beautiful socks!

    What a day!

    Thanks so very much!


  • At September 20, 2005 10:11 AM, Blogger Ruth said…

    Those are great ... I love how the color swirls up the leg.

  • At September 21, 2005 5:59 PM, Anonymous Rox said…

    Pictures not showing up for me (probably my puter acking funky)!! But - in my mind... they are the most beautishus socks ever.

    I'm sure of it. :)

  • At December 16, 2005 3:20 PM, Anonymous Merida said…

    The Mermaid Socks are beeeoootiful! I started them two days ago on a magic loop but two at once and realized I couldn't get to the leftover pattern stitches as the pattern shifted that way. How are you doing one on a magic loop? I'd really rather not deal with dpn's anymore if it can be helped.....

  • At December 16, 2005 9:18 PM, Blogger laurie said…

    merida i'll try and help if you could contact me by email pls? (addy in profile)...blogger is nasty in that it won't let me email you directly grr


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