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Monday, August 13, 2007

i worked it all weekend least i have a new pair of socks to show for it.* :)

Toe up simple socks, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts' heel and toe
64 sts CO, 14 st space at heel/toe
Mountain Colors Bearfoot, "mystic lake"
US 1.5/2.5mm dpns, 4
Started: 25 July 2007
Finished: 11 August 2007

Lately I've been trying, as boring as it is, to keep one big project, one sock project, and one walkaround sock project on the needles. (So right now-- Hanami, Mona sock, and PGR socks living between worlds.) I keep hearing the sirens' call for new projects and am trying to trick myself using some flute before the flautist thing (if I finish Hanami, maybe I have some business thinking about Celtic Icon or Tangled Yoke Cardigan, etc.)

I keep "stealing time"/walkaround socks on the needles like these stockinette ones for long waits at the post office, on the bus, while reading and/or daydreaming... I don't have to look at my hands or even think about a pattern, feels good like soothing an addiction or sleeping next to someone you love. I don't usually take pics of these kinds of socks til they're done, they move so slowly and I'm apparently an impatient type of girl. :)


I really like the yarn (Mountain Colors Bearfoot). Like, a lot a lot. It's thick, fuzzy and warm-- I can imagine these being a great cool weather pair to wear. I'd also guess they'd wear well with their nylon *and* mohair content (did I read somewhere, someone reinforcing heel/toes with laceweight mohair instead of woolly nylon/reinforcing thread? somewhere.) This skein has sat in the stash for a while though, always too dark for patterned socks-- but now that I've become gung ho about knitting plain vanilla PGR socks, I can see a bigger dent in the stash being made already with yarns I can't quite match a pattern to.



The color's also nice, no pooling at 64 st CO/8 sts inch (US 1.5's). Your mileage may vary, on the k2p2 rib at the top, I noticed that the bright orange started spiraling around. I really wish Mountain Colors didn't have so many dark (value wise) colors, I could easily see Bearfoot becoming a left field, barbeque pizza favorite otherwise. The photos were taken amidst full weekend summer sin, darker colors than lit like this.


Still a PGR heel/toe, click for big and no holes at the turns :)

Miss you already, the time always too short. Need to work on that.

* "...without the box," yay!


MissLucy said...

lovely - I have that exact colourway in my stash - so nice to see it knit up. Re: laceweight mohair, I have heard that kidsilk haze is good for reinforcement, but I assumed it was the silk content? I used raw silk for reinforcement for my last pair of socks, will be interesting to see how they hold up.

Dave said...

Love the colours, and they did behave quite nicely! Yup, mohair is an alternative reinforcement.

Anonymous said...

loving those colors!!!

E to the M said...

I love those colors! I'm working on a pair of socks in Bearfoot (but a different colorway) and at 50 sts there is some major pooling but it doesn't bother me as much as it usually does.

Anonymous said...

oh i like that blue a lot. especially with the orange. reminds me of GO BEARS!

Lothlorian said...

nice simple socks, I cant wear SR heels though with my high insteps :(

ooh did you use a piddledee bag just maybe....I blame you for the two sets I happen to have on the way :P

Micki said...

All hail the plain stockinette sock! They look so cozy and warm. Hmm, I think I'm ready for autumn.

JenniferB said...

That's it. That does it. I'm getting that book ASAP. :)

Anonymous said...

I also LOVE the Bearfoot. I originally thought the mohair was going to make them itchy, but after a few washings they became some of my very favorite socks and I had to go buy more in a different colorway! And they are SO warm all winter...

Courtney said...

I love the color way!

Zonda said...

Ahh, very nice comfy socks!

StaceyR said...

those are great. there is something to be said for simple, beautiful socks.

Chris said...

Pretty yarn and lovely socks! Yup, I remember reading that same thing about reinforcing - the premise is that the woolly nylon, not being spun into the yarn, can actually cut the yarn instead of reinforcing it. Mohair and silk will be less likely to do so.

Romi said...

I *love* the colorway! Yummy socks. :)

Anonymous said...

I love Barefoot! I went to Cottage Yarns in South SF last week and saw a bright colorway of Barefoot--oranges and pinks. I couldn't resist and got a skein of Chocolate.


lexa said...

Love them! It seems every time I buy sock yarn (unless it's self-striping) I have a planned pattern or at least I think it needs a pattern. I have a skein or two home that I didn't "plan" anything for, I just liked the colors. I think I should maybe "plan" some plain vanilla socks! :)

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