Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Pink Socks for M

A couple of weeks ago M requested some socks. Yipppeee! I am always on the lookout for deserving feet to make socks for and M certainly qualifies.

I asked her what sort of sock she wanted and asked her to pick some yarn she liked from the stash. She did a bit of thinking and then sent me a text to say "can I have a pinky colour, light and dark, and can I have them lacey". I was pretty sure that is was the Duet Sock Yarn that had caught her eye - from her description of the yarn and the fact that the yarn was sitting on top of the stash when I got home!

The lacey request was a bit of a problem for two reasons, one the yarn is DK weight, and two it's variegated and would overpower most lace patterns. Not deterred I decided to make a pair using a Cable Twist Pattern from Hello Yarn (which I found around that time being praised on Dave's Blog). It's an easy pattern and the stretchy ribbing means the socks should fit reasonably well around the leg. When I make these again I'll use a bigger needle size (I knit these on 2.5mm - should have used 3 or 3.25 I think for the DK yarn.)

I was feeling a bit bad about not making lacey socks though so I found some more 'pinky yarn' in the stash (Bubblegum from Cazza) and decided to make modified Monkeys. Not lacey per se - but they do feature YO's! As suggested on a knitting forum I replaced the purl stitches in the pattern with knits. This sped up the knitting time and gives a pleasing effect I think.

The yarn surprised me by knitting up in these funky spirally stripes. (I had thought it would knit up more like it did on the heels.) When i recovered from the surprise I realised that a heel flap heel would destroy the stripes.


It was obviously time that I bit the bullet and took on short row heels to preserve the spirals. Armed wth More Sensational Socks I tackled the short rows and although there is LOTS of room for improvement I'm ok with the result. I don't think this will end up my preferred short row treatment - but it'll do for a first try.

I'll leave the socks out for M to pick up tomorrow. Hope they fit!

Unrelated to pink socks for M today I received some Kaffe Fassett Regia sock yarn from Woolly Workshop which I'll be casting on at the first opportunity. This obligatory photo doesn't really give the true colour of the yarns (they are in fact two different colourways) - but I felt compelled to post it anyway!! I've got another colourway on order.

PS - Still no sign of Lyra yarn. Sigh.


Adrienne said...

Those socks are too cute!!!

Helen said...

Pretty socks!

My favourite short row heels are the ones described here - http://www.knitlist.com/2002/ToeUpSock.htm - they're very easy, with no yarn overs or wraps, and, most important, no holes!

LittleBerry said...

Love the socks, especially the modified Monkeys in Cazza's yarn... the Kaffe Fassett yarn looks great too.....

knittygurl said...

Ohmygosh! Those socks are adorable! I love the idea of the modified Monkeys! I will have to try that.

blog-blethers said...

Love your socks - especially the modified Monkeys. Am hiding your pics and hunched over the pc screen to stop my daughters seeing them ... they'd love them and I can't cope with anymore 'orders' just now:) Hope your package arrives shortly ... There's nothing worse than waiting for the postman to deliver that magic parcel, is there?

Angelika said...

Those pink socks look fabulous, both of them. I knit the monkeys before too, but yours looks really different but great.

Viknits said...

Ooooh gorgeous socks! How many wee hats have you made so far? I was aiming for loads but haven't made very many so far :s yours are highly cute!
What's the short row heel like? Is it difficult?

Holly said...

I love both pairs of pink socks! You did great on the heels!

knitty, witty, woo ( Tracey) said...

I really must do some monkeys. Especially with knit not purl. I think I like that way better.
Might go print it off now.