FO: Duet Socks

Posted on June 10, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here they are! I actually finished them this past Saturday but didn't manage to get my act together in time to post. I really like how they came out and they're really comfy!

I already know I won't be knitting with such thick yarn again for socks, but if I did I would remind myself to short row less on the heels -- there turned out a bit poofy, but definitely not unwearable. I still can't quite believe I finished a sock in 2 days, much less a pair in a week! This is almost definitely a record for me. Makes sense when you think about how many fewer stitches it takes to make something that's only 52 sts around instead of 60, and has way fewer rows per inch!

If you look closely at the toe of the left sock you can see the design I left in even though it doesn't show enough . . . just a sneak peek of what my next sock design will involve! Shhh, don't tell.

Project specs:
Pattern: 52 sts around with contrast toes & rib
Yarn: Duet Sock yarn in color Puddle Drop
Needles: US size 2
Started: May 31, 2008
Finished: June 7, 2008

Posted in contrast toes, Finished Knitting Projects, handpainted sock yarn, knitting, Sock knitting

I love thunderstorms

Posted on May 31, 2008 | 0 Comments

We're in the midst of our first huge summer thunderstorm right now, and I'm really loving it. I have the window wide open so I can get as much of its sound and smell as possible . . . times like these I wish I had a house with a big front porch to sit on and watch the rain come down . . .

The perfect pairing for this glorious thunderstorm is the new yarn I'm knitting right now, Duet Sock Yarns in Puddle Drop (purchased from The Loopy Ewe, natch):

This picture shows both the main color and the small contrast color skein. The colors are pretty accurate in this shot, in real life the yarn's slightly more green than it appears here perhaps. I've already wound it and start the toe on a new sock design, and I have to say knitting with this yarn is a dream! The semi-solid contrast color looks stonewashed when it's knit up, and the multi? The multi is breathtaking.


I am ridiculously proud of this photo, by the way.

This skein is hands-down my current favorite skein of yarn on the planet. I can't stop looking at it, and now that I'm about to start knitting it into my sock design, I am even more in love with it than before. I hope that every time I wear these socks I'll remember this awesome thunderstorm and the peaceful feeling I have right now . . .

(Aside: wow I'm a dork!)

Posted in handpainted sock yarn, Yarn, yarn shots

FO-a-day, Day 1: Ruffle Socks

Posted on May 04, 2008 | 4 Comments

I've been on a finishing binge over here! I have at least 4 FO's to show you, and with any luck there could be even more!

These socks are so silly, they make me smile every time I look at them! The color is so gorgeous, and of course they're made from KOIGU so I have to love them. It's in my contract. (JK, I love Koigu of my own volition. I certainly wouldn't mind a contract that paid me to love Koigu, though . . . )

If you want to add these ruffles to your own toe-up socks, here's what I did:

  1. Knit to about 1" short of where you want your socks to end, making sure you have about 3x as much yarn left as you would use to knit that inch in stockinette.
  2. Knit into the front & back of every stitch around. Knit one row plain. (you may need to add an extra DPN at this point since there will be so many stitches on the needle)
  3. Knit into the front & back of every stitch around. Knit one row plan.
  4. Bind off as follows: * BO 2, YO, bind off YO, repeat from * to end.

After you bind off you'll probably have to shape the ruffles by hand to make them look even. That's it!

Project specs:
Pattern: Toe up socks, figure 8 cast on and ruffle cuffs
Yarn: 2 skeins Koigu KPPPM color P221
Needles: US size 1
Started: February 14, 2008
Finished: May 2, 2008

Posted in Finished Knitting Projects, handpainted sock yarn, knitting, Koigu, ruffled socks, Sock knitting


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