Sunday, June 11, 2006

Mystery Socks Unveiled

Pattern: (More or less) Nancy Bush's Rib and Cable Socks, finished June 11, 2006.
Yarn: A Piece of Vermont Handpainted, "Mystery" colorway, most of 1 skein
Needles: 2.5mm Addi Turbo 40 inch circular
Gauge: 8.5 sts per inch over st st
Modifications: Made a short row heel; shorter leg and cuff; decreased toe instead of doing a short row toe as I have in the past; three-needle bind off at toe.
Thoughts: Jessie, the yarn is just as beautiful knit up as it was in the skein! The colors are amazing: black, gray, midnight blue, bronze, purple, light blue, even rose.

This is a great basic sock pattern. This time I thought I'd do a decreased toe and I really like the way it looks. It's much nicer than a short row toe. The last time I made these socks, I used a 3.0 mm needle and they turned out to be a little loose, especially after they have been worn for a while. I went down to a 2.5 mm needle this time and they are nice and snug, perfect for wearing with shoes.

Best of all, it's a little chilly here this weekend, so I get to wear them right away!


Blogger jillian said...

So cute! Glad it's chilly enough to wear them now!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Those look great. I will have to try that pattern. Worked so well with your yarn.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Muy nice! I like the decreased toe, as well (but have never tried a short row toe).

Chilly? This weekend? Ohlordhabmercy. It's 97 degrees here today. However, the way Texans like to crank up the AC, I guess it is possible to wear wool socks indoors.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

They look great, Laura! I did a pair of them this spring and I wish I'd have made some of the modifications that you did. Mine are a little droopy in the heel. I'm still learning how to make a heel that fits me well. I've never tried a short row toe. I'll have to check it out.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

They are lovely!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

cute socks! hmm... may have to try those someday!

10:39 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Those are beautiful socks, Laura! and they are BLUE too! :)

10:48 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Oh, those are marvelous! I lurve the color and it shows off the pattern so well. Yummy all over!

2:44 AM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

These socks look so amazingly comfy, what a great job you did knitting them up! I've seen so many great pics now of socks from Nancy Bush's patterns that I'm getting totally itchy to knit them too - guess I'll better have to get at least one of her books right away!

3:07 AM  
Anonymous kris said...

they are beautiful! the colurs are amazing.

5:40 AM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

I love the look of cabled socks! Given the cable patterning and the lovely yarn color changes, I imagine it's probably quite difficult not to stare at one's feet.

Can you send some of that chill to heatwave stricken Colorado?

9:37 AM  
Anonymous jessie said...

Yay! Glad you like the color! I'll steal this picture and never upload it to my website, like I do with all the others.

Congratulations on another finished pair of socks.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

The socks look lovely. I really like the color too.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Love them!!

I've knit one pair of socks in this pattern and they're my favs ;o) After my Bearfoot socks, that is...

1:04 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

They're really great - and the colors really are gorgeous! Congrats on comfy socks that you can wear right away! Lucky you!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

oh these are definitely a great basic sock pattern. I too think the basic decreased toe looks much better than the short row toe. I wish I could see these in person since my computer screen doesn't do such a great job showcasing the subtle variations in the sock. It looks really nice in the skein though.

Why don't I have any solid yarn to give these textured patterns a go? must go buy yarn! See, you've enabled me and you didn't even have to try.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

wow! they really are beautiful! the yarn and the pattern your chose complement one another :)

10:11 PM  
Blogger Philippa said...

Yay for cool weather and beautiful socks! Those are the nicest socks I've seen in ages, and a lovely meeting between yarn and pattern.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Beautiful Sock! I'm loving the cool weather we've been having!!!

5:10 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Gorgeous! You make me want another pair. Such a classic color and pattern.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Beak-Knits said...

Great socks! I thought I could never be tempted away form a short row toe...but seeing these I might just need to try something new!

9:27 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

That IS beautiful wool! How nice that you can actually wear them right away!

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Wild variegations are fun, but I think my favorite yarns are the ones whose subtlties are what make them shine. Those socks are incredibly gorgeous.

6:08 PM  

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