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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 ;-)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

sockapaloooza wrap up

and now for something completely different the details:

per usual, click to get full sized photos

final sockapaloooza photo

Pattern: "Timberline Toes" from Lucy Neatby's "Cool Socks, Warm Feet" (yes, again...it's a handy book, and i seem to have good luck with her patterns :-))

Yarn: Toes, Heels, Cuffs: Louet Gems Merino Opal", Navy; Body: Gems Quartz, Hummingbird. this is sportweight, superwash wool...soft, warm, and a real pleasure to knit with

Special Techniques: 2 socks simultaneously on one long circular (addi turbos, US 3/3.25mm); garter stitch short row heel; garter common wedge toe; tubular cast-on

Notes: overall i liked making these (despite my fussing)...they turned out very "cushy", and i plan (once i find a missing presumed devoured by the resident black hole temporarily misplaced second skein of Gems Opal) to make myself a pair. the directions were easily followed and i like the feel (and look) of the garter stitch toes/heels.

my "problem" with them is based mostly on self-annoyance :-\ i futzed around too long finding the 'right' yarn, then when it was decided upon, i couldn't come up with a creative "design"--the marling of the Quartz yarn, while gorgeous (imho...i love the colors) didn't really lend itself to patterning, and so i ended up with what strike me as rather plain, not terribly interesting socks. :-(

on top of that, i have the sneaking suspicion that, despite thorough swatching, these are going to be way too big for my pal *sigh* i hope she likes them and that they DO fit...but she can always rip them out and make something more suitable with the yarn...

for good or ill, they're in the mail (or should be tomorrow--i doubt they went out tonight)...special thanks go to my 'mailmen' ;-) (i should hope they know who they are lol)

this was my attempt at a "glamour" shot...the socks are draped badly across a pot of pansies...said pansies were not amused and suggested the porch would be a much more effective backdrop ;-)
glamour? more like pansy abuse!


4 Comments:

  • At May 04, 2006 8:54 PM, Blogger Soggy Desert Rat said…

    Wonderful socks! I've yet to figure out how to knit two on one. I can get them cast on, but then my brain freezes and I can't see the obvious. The colors are perfect together! Lovely, lovely!

     
  • At May 05, 2006 12:44 AM, Blogger laurie said…

    awwww thanks :-) i'm not responsible for the colors--got lots of help from the gals in my spinning group! it was surprising how much better the navy looked than when we tried matching one of the colors in the marled strand.

    if you've done any magic loop knitting, it's really just a variation of that...first half of the loop would be half the stitches of sock 1, half the stitches of sock 2, turn for the other half of the loop and reverse the order (sock 2, then sock 1)...i'm finding my gauge and knitting is usually more even using this method (as opposed to double points), and i find myself using it whenever i can (sleeves, mittens, socks...tops of hats lol)...

    your sockapaloooza socks turned out very nice! one of these days i really should try that pattern of marguerite's...i like it very much :-)

     
  • At May 05, 2006 6:57 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Hello sock pal - your socks are in the mail! Should be there by Monday, I expect, as they were sent Priority mail. Hope you like them, and would you pretty please with sugar on top take pics of them? I had no one of appropriate foot size around to model them for me, so I have no pics. ::pouts::

     
  • At May 08, 2006 3:13 PM, Anonymous Esther said…

    Love the socks!!!

     

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