Friday, August 03, 2007

I Love My Sock

Last post, I showed you a photo of a new sock I have in progress. It was just a wee thing, with a short ribbed cuff and a few inches of tri-color pattern moving down toward the ankle.

Now, just two days later, it's this:

I cannot tell you how much I love this sock! It just pleases me to no end with its fun, youthful colors mixed and mingled along the leg, together with the textured stitch that adds visual interest. Knitting the sock was quick and painless, despite the somewhat complex look achieved by this stitch pattern.

You can click on the photo above to get an even closer look at the detail. It's a slip-stitch pattern, which means that you get that nice mingling of colors and complex-looking stitch work without ever having more than one color in use on the same row. This keeps the knitting swimming along without any of the awkwardness that can come from stranded knitting in the round on small needles or having to refer back to a color chart.

I also mentioned in my last post that this was a sock with a purpose. The purpose was to utilize leftover quantities of skeins of my FF Superwash Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn. The colors I used are Lime Kiwi, Citrus, and Gentle Peach.

Skeins of my Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn are intentionally extra large, at a full 4 ounces and 550 yards. This means that you can make almost any pair of socks imaginable without needing a second skein. It also, however, means that you can end up with fairly good sized portions of leftover skeins remaining. Although I'm sure all of you have been finding good uses for your leftovers, I thought that now that I've added a Pattern Section to my shop it would be a good idea to add a sock pattern or two specifically designed to utilize those leftovers.

I'll be finishing up the details for this pattern and adding it to my shop soon. Details on required yardage for the different colors will be included then.

In addition to the pattern, I also think I may put together a few pattern and yarn kits for this sock. Even if you have leftovers in your stash, the colors may not happen to work well together and so perhaps some of you would like ready-made kits with the correct yardage. (Or perhaps I'm just looking for an excuse to have the fun of test knitting swatches of the stitch pattern in various different color combinations!)

I'm so very glad that I decided to knit this. Over the past few months, I began to think that perhaps I was rather "over" the whole sock-knitting thing. Of course, I'll never entirely stop knitting socks, but I thought I needed a good long break from it. As it turns out, I just needed the right sock project to get me excited again.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend and get some knitting done!


Lynne E. said...

Your sock is so nice, I just frogged my Fair Isle socks in the same colorways. :-) The project had bogged down, because I didn't enjoy the stranding. I'd already restarted from scratch once, because the Fair Isle fabric didn't stretch, and needed extra stitches to go on over my foot.

~Tonia~ said...

Wow that is so pretty!! What a great idea for using up extras. The color combo is wonderful.

DragonsChest said...

I love the idea of how to use up the remaining yarns from other socks. I have been thinking along those lines with what I have leftover of your yarns, so you must have been reading my mind!


Chelsea said...

I love those socks. I think the kits are a great idea. I am knitting some River Rapids socks with your yarn in the Prosperity colorway. I love knitting with your yarn!

Micki said...

Awesome sock! I love the idea of using leftovers to create something pretty.

linda said...

I love your sock too! You chose a lovely trio of colors to use with your pattern. I think the kits are a great idea and I'm looking forward to seeing your pattern.

Stacey said...

beautiful! I love the bright, summery colors. I thought the center panel was from a variegated yarn!

MonicaPDX said...

Oh yeah, that is one pretty pretty sock! Perfect colors for summer, just makes you want to take a bite. Ok, well, I'll refrain. But it does look delicious! ;)