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Thursday, May 22, 2008

twofer

Two being better than none and all...

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Handspun toe up PGR socks
Fiber from fromthewoolroom.etsy.com -- 70/30 sw wool-alpaca
US 1 (2.25mm), 64 sts
Started: ?
Finished: May 2008

Not much to say about the socks, I like them a lot but have been knitting them a stolen moment at a time for so long I forget most of it :) Just my favorite/go-to knitting pattern from Simple Socks and some handspun that started life as an awesome 70/30 superwash merino-alpaca fiber from fromthewoolroom.etsy.com. I was really happy to see how both heels (unintentionally) got that sock monkey look...

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and how my splitting of the fiber pretty much resulted in the stripes I was hoping for...

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I like them a lot, but they kinda pale next to these.

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Ribs and Seeds socks by Alyson Johnson
yarn by theyoyo.etsy.com
(and my awesome knitting bag by japanesehandmadeetc.etsy.com in the background)
US 1.5, 2.5mm dpns, 5
Started: April 2008
Finished: May 2008

Super fun. Rilly, see?

Business in the front...

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...party in the back.

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My dusty upbringing is just aching to be introduced :)

Looking at these I can see a glaring error I didn't before :) But eh, they're socks. Rad socks, but still!

I haven't knit a pattern in a "commercial" (non-handspun) sock yarn in a long time, and haven't knit from a pattern in longer, but this pair has me wanting to do more of both. I really like Alyson's liberal use of reverse stockinette-- I think it's so interesting, and that this pattern would look great with a non-jarring handpaint to show off that pretty wrong side we don't celebrate enough. The yarn Alyson's dyed is excellent as well-- I bought the yarn for the color, and knit up it doesn't disappoint.

Neither does that little happy seam when picking up heel sts thru their front loops...

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...or the possibility such dressy ankles bear.

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I actually have been playing around with some new sock knitting, patterns and not, and am really liking it :) Perfect season, too to get back into it ;)

Til then!

10 comments:

lexa said...

Both pairs look great! I love the foot color difference in the first pair. Neat. As for the second pair -- gorgeous! She did extremely well with that pattern, I love the rear view. :)

Micki said...

Hooray for socks! Both pairs are gorgeous. Mmm, I love reverse stockinette too.

Angie said...

WoW! Almost makes me want to grow two more feet so I could wear them all at once! The rose/violet/blue mix on the first pair is just gorgeous -- love the subtle shading you got from the way you spun the yarn. And that second pair... they're great from the front, but then to get the little surprise in the back... too cool!

Zonda said...

Love the socks!

Margene said...

You do such good work!

Stacey said...

It's nice to see some socks again! :) Love the handspun ones - the striping is beautiful!

Kristine said...

Adorable!

Alyson said...

omgawesome! they look GREAT!! i love the little bit of contrast on the toe, too....

okay, it's sad that i wrote the thing and am like, "what error?" but, um......what error? i see nothing wrong, they look perfect!

the handspun ones are beautiful - you make wonderful sock yarn, i love seeing the knitted result!

WandaWoman said...

Both pairs of socks are great, but the second pair are awesome!

Emily said...

Love the socks. Both are beautiful!

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