Sunday, January 28, 2007

Beautifully Boring

My 2nd pair of socks for 2007 are definitely a boring non-color, but I love them anyway. And why would I love these boring black socks? Well ... not only was I able to convert the pattern to toe-up all by myself, but the 8-row pattern repeat was ultra-simple to memorize AND these socks fit like a glove!


Pattern: Cable Twist Socks

Pattern Source: Hello Yarn

Yarn: KnitPicks Gloss; Colorway: Black (2) skeins

Needles: KnitPicks Circular (2) Size 1 US

Modifications: I knit this from the toe-up using Judy's magic cast on and increasing until I reached 56 total stitches. I changed the pattern stitch on the foot to include a P2 at the beginning of each row so that there were 30 stitches included in the pattern stitch (on the foot section only) instead of 28. I was concerned that 56 stitches wouldn't fit over my fat legs, so I worked the heel flap & ankle setup round until I had 33 stitches on that section so that when I joined it with the original 30 stitches on the foot, I ended up with a total of 63 stitches. Confused? So am I! That's why I took meticulous notes with scribbling here, there & everywhere.

Notes: I really do like the KnitPicks Gloss yarn because it's nice to work with & is very affordable. The only thing I didn't like though was my color choice because unless you have excellent lighting, working in dark colors on such small needles can be tricky! I really enjoyed the pattern stitch & that it was simple to memorize & gave a simple elegance to the finished socks. I will DEFINITELY knit this pattern again!

Completed: January 2007

Did anyone notice that Blue Moon Fiber Arts has redone their website and added new yarn types? I was at Judy's blog admiring her newly started socks in the Rooster Rock colorway from Socks That Rock. Of course it made me click on the Socks That Rock link that she gave & I spied the January One colorway. Of course I clicked on that link too & noticed more yarn choices in that colorway. I knew they had they 100% Superwash Merino in lightweight, mediumweight, and heavyweight, but there were also 3 other choices:
  • Silkmo: (64% Kid Mohair / 20% Mulberry Silk / 16% Nylon) laceweight 794 yards
  • Geisha: (70 Kid Mohair/ 20% Mulberry Silk/ 10% Nylon) sportweight 990 yards
  • Seduction: (50% Merino / 50% Tencel) 400 yards
You know what this means? When I'm at Stitches West 2007, I'm going to have a horrible time not spending all our food budget money at their booth! CURSES!!!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think your socks are boring at all. In fact, a variegated colorway wouldn't have let your beautiful pattern show through! Great job on reworking the pattern yourself. I picked up some of the Blue Moon Seduction yarn at Rhinebeck - I haven't knit with it yet, but it feels and looks so beautiful in the skein. :) Good luck protecting the food budget!!

Anonymous said...

I love those socks. I don't think they'r e boring at all; I prefer "simply elegant." I've got to try that pattern. Good job on the reverse engineering!

Brena said...

Congratulations on the pattern rewrite! Very impressive...

Oh man... silk STR? Resistance is futile!

Judy said...

I love your socks! I agree that a more variegated color would not have let the pattern show itself off. Good job on the pattern reversal, also.

I, too, have seen the new Blue Moon website. I am lusting -- lusting I say -- after that Seduction. January 1 is a great color. And Covelite. And who am I kidding - all the colors!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, the socks are gorgeous! I love them.

kimberly said...

Oh I love those socks too!!

Anonymous said...

Great new socks!

Anonymous said...

Your socks are beautiful! I have some burgundy Gloss in my stash, and I think this is the perfect pattern for it. As for boring, I'm doing a completely stockinette sock right now, and it feels great!

jillian said...

That is NOT boring! Those are just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Those are seriously fabulous socks! It takes a lot of fortitude to knit black socks, which is why I have not yet attempted it.

Anonymous said...

I looooooove those socks, girly you are fab.
I need to take a sock class!

Dipsy D. said...

Wow! If there ever was a perfect pair of socks, then it's this one! The pattern is absolutely amazing, and I love the fact that you chose a basic black for it! You know, with all this bright coloured sock yarn that's around, we also have to do plain coloured ones for a change at times - one can't always wear bright colours! Fantastic indeed!

Anonymous said...

The socks came out great! Love 'em. Not boring at all.

Oh, I like the way Blue Moon re-did their site. If only more of their colors were up... Do like the new yarn weights, too. Gads. LOL

Anonymous said...

Oh! You're going to Stitches West?! I'm so jealous! I would go in a heartbeat but it is the same weekend as my DH's and son's birthdays. Hmmm, maybe I could trick them into a little vacation to Santa Clara.

Anonymous said...

And btw, love the socks! Definitely not boring!

Anonymous said...

Uh oh... I haven't been to the STR webpage for a while. It sounds dangerous.

Your socks look great! I'm going to cast on for some ribbed socks with Gloss in woodland sage.