Thursday, March 23, 2006

How Kool am I???

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Pattern: Lichen Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Needles: 2.75 Brittany DPN's
Yarn: Knit Picks Color Your Own...Hand-dyed by ME!!! (Koolaid dyed in cherry, pink lemonade, black cherry, and strawberry mixed with orange)


I am so excited that this magically turned into self striping yarn. It was purely accidental.

The only modification I made to the pattern was on the cuff. I did a K2P2 rib instead of the K1P1 that was called for.

I'm not really crazy about the heel (Welsh heel) or the toe (Star Toe of three points.) I think this toe would work better in a solid colored yarn. You can't really see it in this picture, but the stitches form a star shape on the toe. It kind of gets lost in the stripey-ness.
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Image hosting by Photobucket As for the heel... from my limited heel knitting experience, I think I prefer the K1 Sl1 variety. First of all, it's definitely more interesting to knit. And secondly, I'm just worried that this heel isn't thick enough to hold up to general wear and tear.

But it's all good, because I LOVE THESE SOCKS!!!

So... what's next?

Well... I am going to commit to trying to finish what I already have started. After I finished the red hot socks today, I went back to working on my green toe-up socks. I should be working on heels for those by tomorrow. Then I will work on the fabulously bright lime fire socks. I'm contemplating ripping what I've started and trying a different pattern for this great yarn. I'm just not crazy about how they are turning out so far.

It is taking immense will power for me to commit to finishing these socks because I really really want to cast on with my Sundara yarn and my Hill Country Yarn. But I am going to try to be good! Finish what I've started!

So there's lots of knitting gatherings coming up in April. Check out the Baltimore Meetup page for their upcoming gatherings. The Columbia Knit night will be happening again on Monday, April 17. And be sure to check out Lolly's blog. She's got a fabulous plan to have a knitting gathering on the mall in DC on Sunday, April 9. Fresh air and yarn! And maybe the Cherry Blossoms might hold out till then.

Till next time!


Blogger Lolly said...

Holey moley, girl! You finished those socks so quickly. I am just amazed that they came out with stripes. They look superb. We should wear our socks together - we would be fraternal twins!

Thanks for mentioning the meetup on the Mall!

Have a great weekend~

10:56 AM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

Wow, fun socks! Great job on the accidental striping!

How's your tooth/jaw?

1:28 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

You're SO Kool!!!

Sorry you're thinking of ripping the others. But I think it's not you, it's the yarn. That Lime Fire is just horrible yarn, and you deserve better. You should just get rid of it now.... My address is...

1:40 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I can't belive how fast you are!! Sheesh!

I'm so impressed that they are self striping & without meaning too!! Extra cool!

I hope you are feeling well! I'm so jealous of all your meet ups. I wonder if my husband would think I'm crazy if I planned a trip up to go to sucky girls knit night? :)

9:25 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

wow! that is so amazing the way the yarn turned out ... really neat that it came out self striping too! sometimes little accidents are the best!

10:37 AM  
Blogger KlutzyJenn said...

Pretty freaking KOOL in my book. Those look excellent. I have a knitting blog also, along with my dialy blog. I just dyed yarn with kool-aid too. It's so much fun!!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Janey said...

Great looking socks!

BTW, for the heel that might not be thick enough to stand up to general wear and tear: the next pair you could knit with an extra strand - of nylon - just in the heel part.
I've heard of some people doing it in the toes as well. Just depends on where you need the reinforcement.

11:50 PM  

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