Wednesday, February 08, 2006

SockapalOOOza has begun!

I was so very excited to receive my sock-pal info last week. I was hoping to get someone who wanted A) a little adventure or B) a nice solid, textured "classic" sock - don't know why, but I was in the mood for one extreme or the other. Guess which kind of pal I got:

An adventurous one! My pal is not afraid of color and likes funky socks. I grabbed the opportunity to make my very own self-striping sock yarn. This is the KnitPicks dye your own merino and my very own colorway and striping pattern. I cobbled together my method from posts here and here, but I cannot bear to swatch for socks and I developed a brain fog when I thought about the math, so I mostly just winged it (wung it?) and I'm actually pretty pleased with what I ended up with. The pattern is the Mermaid Sock from Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet. It is a very clever pattern, really very simple and gives a stunning effect. I've been wanting to knit this pattern for a while now. It does call for a short row heel, which I am so not fond of, but I'm not quite sure if I have the skills to modify it for this particular pattern. I won't worry about it til I get there.

On the Rogue #2 front, I took the ever-clever Margene's advice, and am doing my purl rows on one needle size down, and that seems to have mitigated my row gauge issues. I am on track to be back where I started and ready for the hood this weekend.


Blogger Carole said...

That sock is so freakin' cool! I love it!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Marina said...

That looks really great. I need to take a look at that book.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Your sock is gorgeous - you dyed that yarn yourself? Woot woot!

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Monica said...

Looks cool, nice combo of color and pattern for funky socks!

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Love the colors. I've got an adventurus sock pal too. I'm going to have to check out that mermaid pattern.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Hey, that came out pretty awesome! You're a good dyer. I think I need a lesson from you.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Looks like a great start. What dye/colors did you use?

12:08 PM  
Blogger margene said...

Cool! I'm so glad the suggestions worked! You have a very lucky Sock Pal! I have only two rows on the needles but I'm excited about the whole thing!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I love the socks! What a great color combo. And I'm glad you're back on track with Rogue.

1:06 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

What a lucky sock pal! Those are too cool. Very funky and neat--and to think you dyed your own yarn, too?!?!?! Wow. :)

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

I've been thinking about doing mermaid socks as well (decided on Mata Hari Socks tho), but I'm stunned what a cool effect it has when using self-striping yarn!! Next pair...;-)

3:23 PM  
Blogger christine said...

Wishing that I'm your sock pal........that is one great sock!!!

3:43 PM  
Blogger caitlyn said...

Wow, the sock looks so cool! Can't wait to see more!

11:40 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love the pattern, I love the stripes! I'm so impressed that you dyed it yourself and that it's knitting up in such a great-looking way.

2:44 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Lovely sock! Well done on the dye job!

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

I just wanted to thank you for posting your grafting chart for the Rogue hood. I'm doing the Rogue as my first sweater and I've had absolutely minimal difficulty with it up until the intructions: graft live stitches to right side of hood.

While young (19) and adventurous, I'm fairly certain my heart can't take another dead stop like that. So, thank you again for guaranteeing that my sweater will continue on. It's taking a break for the next sixteen days as I do YarnHarlot's Knitting Olympics, but thank you, thank you, thank you.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Oh wow! Those colors and that pattern are so much fun!! Definitely funky and really great!

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Patty said...


12:47 PM  
Blogger Sara M. said...

That colorway is so pretty. Sock looks great.

12:21 PM  
Blogger CarryFairie said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Really great job on the colors and the pattern


5:49 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

Ok, those are going to be stunning! The yarn you dyed, the pattern... gorgeous!!!

9:00 PM  

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