Monday, May 14, 2007

Stuck on Socks

Help me! I've started knitting socks and I can't seem to stop! I finished my long time traveling pair this week:
The stripes in this yarn disappointed me. I was expecting charming variation in the width of the stripes, and instead I got mechanical regularity. So I mixed them up. I used an entire 50g ball for each sock to see how high up the leg I could go, which was not as high as I hoped, but that has to do with the width of my foot and leg. These will be my hiking socks next winter.

I joined Sockapalooza 4 and I hate deadlines, thus we have this:

The pattern is Go With the Flow socks from Interweave Knits Summer 2005, the yarn is Koigu, cause my sock pal loves it! I must say, it was quite a treat to work with after the stripey yarn. So soft and cushy! Such pretty colors! Too bad it wears out so fast on my big, bad feet.

Here's a tip. This sock needed a blocker because the pattern is really stretchy. So I used a bent wire hanger. Cheap and adjustable and super fast for drying! I also use coat hangers for drying Fair Isle mittens.

Check out the innovative way Alison has coped with the horde of sock knitters. It's a knit Pligg! I just wish I had more time to browse through it. Go check it out for me.

And then, as I was knitting with pastels, I kept eying my Schaefer Anne in the Pirate's Cove color way and so this happened:
I'm in love with this. The colors in the sun just glow. For Mother's day, my boys took me for a beautiful walk in the park, followed by a picnic lunch and I enjoyed working on this simple sock with the wonderful colors.


  1. I love the pirates cove as well. And really appreciate the sock that is already done.

    My goal is to have the pair done by the time I get back from my next weeks trip.

  2. I don't understand. Why would you want to stop knitting socks? ;-)

    The Pirate's Cove looks great! All the Anne colours I've seen have been named after famous women. Is this a new series they've come out with?

  3. How are the Go with the Flow to work up? I wasn't really knitting socks in 2005, so I looked at them and was a little put off (though I knit lace, so it was just silly).

  4. Love all of the socks!

    I know just what you mean about being stuck on socks. As wonderful as they are, it is good to branch out once in a while.

  5. Asaknitter4:53 pm

    Beautiful hiking socks.

  6. I loved those socks! But if you want varied width stripes, the Austermann striped yarn I've been using recently has lots of difference in width of the colors, and I really liked it. Oh! I almost forgot =) I tagged you for a meme, details on my blog, in case you want more blog fodder. Knit on!

  7. LOVE the Pirates' Cove - and am off to order some RIGHT NOW.

    I know - aren't socks addictive? I held out for ages and even blogged on how I couldn't understand the passion. Now I'm worse than anyone!

    I know what you mean too about a yarn being too boringly predictable. I hate the stripes coming around so regularly. The only solution, Laurie, is to dye our own colour range. Don't know if I'm ready for that yet though. Are you?