Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Happy Feet



Caroline's rainbow sherbet socks are finally done. These were supposed to be my March socks for the sock-a-month KAL, oh well now I can get an early start for my May socks. I'm pleased with how they came out - this is the first time I've knit a picot edge. I used this wonderful tutorial from Booga J. I really prefer how the socks look using straight stockinette, rather than ribbing, but I was concerned they wouldn't stay up using a simple stockinette.

Caroline is pretty pleased with them as well - she picked the yarn out to match with her pink, pink shoes (She is my girly girl). I didn't have to do any convincing to get her to model on the kitchen table - she watches far too much of the Style Channel. Caroline immediately put on her best Zoolanderesque Super Model persona.

I used Elizabeth Zimmerman's basic sock pattern from Knitting Without Tears, using 48 stitches on size 2 dpns. The yarn is Sockotta from the Plymouth Italian Collection 45% cotton, 40% superwash wool, 15% nylon. I'm a little worried that they feel a bit scratchy, hopefully they'll soften up with washing.

As long as I'm talking socks I was wondering about the Magic Loop, or knitting on two circulars. I really like knitting on dpns, but I'm forever misplacing and losing those little needles, so I do find the idea of a circular kind of appealing - any opinions out there?
Update: I've just found this 'magic cast-on for toe up socks' in the new issue of Knitty - looks interesting, a possibility for May.

10 comments:

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

those are something bright and wonderful and sunglasses are needed! How do you knit socks?

francoise said...

Can't give you any advice at all on sock knitting as I don't know anything about it...
Those socks of yours, however, are wonderful and match those lovely pink shoes to perfection! Bravo for the knitter's skill, the jazzy yarn and the super-model!...

lyn said...

Gasp !
Very pretty socks.

desperate housewife said...

I can only dream of one day being able to knit actual socks. I'm having trouble making a dishcloth.

lexa said...

Very nice - I love those colors! Great work!

Acornbud said...

Pretty amazing how those socks go with those shoes. Very happy looking feet indeed!

Ragan said...

Those socks are so pretty, so very meant for spring. They remind me of sherbet. Yum! They are lovely!

Jan said...

The Magic Loop is wonderful. Great for socks and sleeves. Everyone I know who has tried it has put away their dps without a backward glance. Also great for travelling or taking along -- never break or lose a needle, or drop a stitch. A million thank yous to whomever came up with the Magic Loop

Tina in Wonderland said...

Ewww, I love those! I'm working on some Ridged Feather socks right now using that exact same yarn, so I was happy to see your beautiful finished pair!

Debi said...

I love this colorway, I have some on the way even as I type. :)

Not to disparrage Knitty but Meg Swansen published an article on the "Turkish Cast On" about a year ago in Vogue. I also posted a Turkish Cast On tutorial (giving Meg credit) on my blog that is very similar to the one in Vogue and MUCH less fiddly than the one in Knitty. Just my opinion, if you're interested it's on my blog sidebar.