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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Hedera finished!

Yay!

hederablocking

Hedera socks
Started: May 4, 2006
Finished: May 19, 2006
2 socks on 2 circs, Addi US 1.5 (2.5mm), 24"
Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, endlot millend from ebay
98 gm of yarn total

I actually blocked these socks (gasp!) to try and make the lace pop, but I think I stretched them out too much/my blockers were too big/wide (I made my own blockers from coated wire hangers-- they do look goofy on the blockers, eh?). No worries, they'll pop back when I wash them again; they fit perfectly before I got the notion to block them :) I won't be putting them into the washer/dryer for fear of having the cherry tree hill supersock fade on me (happened before)... maybe I'll make a bunch of blockers and start handwashing all of my socks (I need to figure out how wide to make them, any suggestions? I just need the blockers to help them dry... there's no good place to dry the socks around here.)

More pics...

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If you look super closely, you can see the k tbl twist at the heel flap... Actually, when picking up gusset stitches, I always pick the back loop up with a seperate needle and knit that thru tbl-- so on the next round, I knit the subsequent stitch tbl as the pattern calls for. Other than that and knitting them on 2 circular needles, I followed the pattern exactly.

I knit the smaller size, and knitting them on 2 circulars gives you a chance to fit the sizing as you go(the sizing only differs in how many decreases are made). I have a 8.25" foot circumference at the widest part of my foot.

An aside, I measured the finished socks weight and used 98 grams of yarn total (with my size 9-9.5 women's feet)-- so you could knit this pattern with 2 skeins of Koigu (same base yarn as the cherry tree hill), if you're brave enough to cut it that close :) Shortening the length of the leg is also a possibility, but lately I've been drawn to longer leg socks myself.

I like the long heel... I don't know why, but I like the length of a "long" (3") heel over a short one. I usually wear my socks in high top Cons, so its not an aesthetic big deal to have a long heel poking out the back of low slung shoes, at least for me. It also *feels* good, the double thick fabric reaching from the actual top of the heel all the way to the floor.

I also really like the purl sts on the sides of the lace (and the twisted knit stitches delineating the panels, they almost don't intrude on the purl sts)-- purl stitches on socks really seem to make any pattern stand out (have you seen Monica's Hansel and Gretal socks for her Sockapaloooza pal? More what I mean...) It seems rare to see purl sts on socks, but I do dig it... Something to keep bobbing in the back of my head I think :)

Lovely, I think! I think green is great for this pattern... I rarely use green but I think I like it a lot here. Actually I still have about 4 oz of this same color left (!!!)... the only problem with buying huge lots of supersock on ebay is that you've got to knit lots of the same color socks :) I think I prolly won't use it for a while, perhaps even swap it (I read there's going to be a leftover sock yarn exchange going on over at Knitter's Review forums...)

I think I may have been a little bitten by the lace bug, since I started some new lace socks (pics in next post, maybe!)...

Leaving you with a botched *action* shot (as action as can be, at least!)

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10 seconds not being enough to put on socks, pull up pants, and stand up straight... :)

...and I'm still taking guesses for my Henry's Attic Kona Superwash lightweight/easter egg dye mini-contest :) Its helping me justify stalking my mailman for my Knit Picks order, even though I just placed the order on Thursday :)

20 comments:

Kelly said...

Wow, those are awesome. The yarn you chose is a perfect match for the pattern! Nice job:)

Areli said...

You are right, the green really does suit the pattern. Great socks, they look lovely.

trek said...

Socks look great. Now knit my Arizona Lace Socks

Sabrina said...

Those look great! The green matches the pattern very well I think. And the pooling makes for a very interesting effect. :)

HPNY Knits said...

oh, they are fab!! the color is perfect with the pattern, and great shots of the details. I have been shying away from sock lace fearing it will "bother" the foot when in the shoe. ???

lexa said...

Very nice! I'm bidding on some bright green hand-dyed merino on eBay and have Hedera in mind for it! I was hoping to finish my Yukon Leaves today, but I got side-tracked a lot, so it may be tomorrow. I want to try some Lorna's Laces and Jaywalkers next, but I may knit some Father's Day socks first, so I don't run out of time! I, too, am becoming a lover of lacey socks!

Dave said...

Those Hederas are gorgeous. It's nice to see the pattern hold its own against the variegated yarn. Quite often there's more competition and the pattern gets lost. The colour is lovely.

Heel flaps. I've always make mine 3.5 inches. I don't know where the "square" theory originated, but, for my feet, at least, bigger is better :-)

Annie said...

So cool, I can't wait to make a pair!

Elspeth said...

They look great! I have some of that Mill-End CTH but I haven't finished untangling it yet.

Chris said...

They are stunning. Ack, I so didn't need another sock on my to-knit list...

Rachel said...

10 seconds not being enough to put on socks, pull up pants, and stand up straight...

For a second there I was genuinely baffled as to why you were sockless, pantless, not standing up straight, and why you had only 10 seconds or less, but then I read the comment above the picture and realized you were talking about the socks. D'oh! That will teach me to skim posts. They look great, as usual, and I love the sock in action picture.

Melissa said...

Gorgeous!! I love the pattern

Alyssa said...

Those came out great! As for washing hand knit socks...I put all my superwash socks in a lingerie bag and send it through with my regular laundry on cold. Then I just lay them out to dry on this super hanging sweater rack I got a few years ago. I love this thing - here's a link http://www.brylanehome.com/product.aspx?PfId=35742&DeptId=7496&producttypeid=1
I swear I don't work for the company:)It's just it works great to dry things in cramped quarters or where you need to keep them off the floor away from furry kittens (or less furry children).

Stacey said...

Love the Hedera's - I have a skein of CTH destined for them. If you ever want to split a mill end of CTH, I'll be happy to! They are so big I've never bought/bid on one knowing I'd have to knit a bunch of socks in the same color!

Suzie said...

Those are gorgeous!!

Coleen said...

awesome socks! Love the color. I keep thinking about that pattern, but just haven't gotten around to trying it yet.

Cynthia said...

The socks look great; I have always been into a bit of a longer sock myself - glad to hear of others in the same fold. The yarn does not overwhelm the pattern which is great and I think so easy to do with Lace anything. Good job!

Zonda said...

Nice job on them! They look good!

aquaknits said...

I love that pattern, nice shots of the lacework. The colors look really pretty with the pattern. And I like the action shot too (but that 10sec timer is hard to work with sometimes).

rene said...

Those Hederas look lovely! You've moved them up my list. :) second (or 5th or whatever) everyone who's said that the yarn and the pattern really complement each other. Beautiful.

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