Friday, October 05, 2007

Timing is everything

Who would have known when I started these socks back in August that I'd finish them just in time for Husby's birthday tomorrow? Yay for good timing! And an example of what happens when I only have 1 pair of socks on the sticks - I finish them reasonably quickly (for me!). I mainly use socks as my bus knitting, and tend not to work on them at home, preferring to work on larger items or more complicated patterns. These were quite quick to knit - I like the 5x2 rib - stretchy and interesting enough to knit without having to be swapping the yarn back and front all the time.

Details:
Pattern: Spey Valley, from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush - cannot praise this book highly enough - I want to knit almost all the patterns in it! I did modify the pattern but adding an extra repeat, so cast on 70 stitches rather than 63 (63 on 2.25mm sticks just not enough!)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Camouflage, 2 skeins (well, probably 1.5 skeins) - I really like this yarn but think if I buy any more I will get the solid colours as both times I've used the variegated yarns they have pooled around the gusset area. These weren't as bad as my Jaywalkers though!Sticks: 2.25mm KnitPicks metal dpns. I usually knit socks on 2.5mm sticks but decided to go down a size for these - loved the fabric I got with these sticks - very smooshy and not as firm as I feared. But next time, I might try 76 sttitches, these are a fraction tight around the calf although that was pre-blocked.
Time: 15 August 2007 - 2 October 2007 - pretty much got these out of the way before Southern Summer of Socks!
What I learnt: This pattern includes a "vikkel braid", which basically looks like sideways knitting, but obviously isn't. Very clever and a feature I plan to incorporate into other socks as a nice finishing touch (eg between the ribbing and the leg part on a plain stocking stitch sock).

18 comments:

TinkingBell said...

Nice nice - love the heels and toes - happy birthday to Husby!

Bells said...

looking fabulous! Love them! I'm the same - nearly always bus knitting, but this week with working on a sock at home, I've flown through it!

kim said...

They look great. I love the red toe. I got that book as a Christmas gift, and I think the patterns are great.

Happy Birthday to your husband!

michele said...

hey, done done done. they look great. hope he has a happy birthday. how could he not with those new socks.

Snoozen said...

Hey RR they look great and looked even better in real life last Saturday. I was in awe at your ability to knit with those tiny needles. Lucky H, pass on our birthday wishes to that lovely H of yours.

kgirl said...

lucky husby - happy birthday to him!

hey, that's one pair down for SSS, too, isn't it?

Are you the first?

amy said...

You've talked about that book so often I got it out of the library, and quickly realized I need my own copy. I want to knit at least half the book!

I wish I lived anywhere near you, I'd help you over the ribbing/moss stitch issue. Are you switching hands to knit and purl? I knit continental, but my purling was awkward, and at some point I sat myself down and worked on it, and now I just fly through the knit/purl combinations. (I've had lots of practice lately, too, with certain projects; that helps.) The yarn always stays in the my left hand.

Maybe we could exchange photos? Probably flying to Australia would be extreme on my part....

Queen of the froggers said...

They are fab socks, happy birthday to husband!

Alwen said...

Happy birthday to your husband!

(Mine is today, but if I want socks for my birthday I better go knit on them!)

I love those red toes!

del said...

Send some sock mojo as my hubby's birthday is later this month & I know he's going to be looking for something knitted!

Your socks are lovely, just lovely. Hubby is very lucky!

catsmum said...

Happy berfday to the Hubby!
now
I needs me a closer up pic of the braid thingy.

Nora said...

They look great - love the red toe. Happy birthday to Mr RR. :)

MadMad said...

Wow! They cam out fabulous! I love how the stipes/colors even match up all the way through! Happy, happy bday to the big guy!

Corrie said...

ohhhhhhh nice I think the red is so cute...I mean manly very manly!

Corrie:)

Donna Lee said...

I have a pattern from Knitpicks for Lily of the Valley socks that has one of those sideways looking braids between the ribbing and the cuff. I like the way is separates one from the other. Great socks!

Michelle said...

I love them! Absolutely love them!

Em said...

They look wonderful and very manly, especially in the camo. I love the red toes, it's such a cool idea. I may well have to steal a modified version of it. If I didn't think Momolla would beat me unto death, I would probably burn her copy of Knitting on the Road, but I'm just bitter about the casting on thing.

Jejune said...

Wonderful socks!! Love the red toes and the 'vikkel braid' - woo hoo! Something new to learn about :D

Happy belated birthday to your hubby :)