Monday, April 17, 2006


Yay! Finished my sockpal socks this weekend. I'm very pleased with them

Project Specs:
Pattern: Mermaid Socks, from
Cool Socks Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby
Yarn: Knit Picks Color Your Own sock yarn, dyed by me (my 1st self-striping)
Needles: Brittany Birch #2 DPNs
Notes: A lovely pattern, with great attention to detail. Very dense looking instructions (5+ pages long) but don't let that stop you, its a very simple repeat, and a garter stitch short-row heel, that means you don't even have to wrap your turns. A good pattern for making for others, as the spiraling "ribs" have a ton of flex and is very forgiving. Would happily knit again.

That leaves me with just the Super Secret Baby Project for my bro and sis-in-law on the needles. I have no idea what I'll do next. I have the yarn from more than a year ago for a Ribby Cardi, that might be a nice quick-ish knit. I will also start a new pair of socks (for me this time) - can't decide between some Regia Cotton (summer is coming) or Koigu. I'll probably do the Koigu, as I've never knit with it before.


Blogger Carole said...

Those are absolutely fantastic! Really, really awesome - both the yarn and the pattern. Great job!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Very cool socks! Great dye job!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous caitlyn said...

Wow!! What gorgeous socks! You did an amazing job with the self-striping yarn! Your sock pal is very lucky.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Gorgeous. I can't wait to try that pattern.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

WOW! Those are some of the coolest-looking socks I've seen, both in terms of the color and the pattern. I'm very impressed by your color-your-own efforts!

10:22 AM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Those socks are so incredible looking! And I'm amazed at your self-dyed yarn. Really beautiful. You're giving me the dyeing itch. . . :)

11:08 AM  
Blogger margene said...

You are going to have a VERY happy pal!!

11:11 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Cute Socks! I love the way the striped yarn looks in that pattern. Great job. And go with the Koigu - it's great.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Woo-hoo! those are amazing! I've seen your progress pix earlier, but I wasn't aware that you even dyed the yarn yourself, looks very cool!

12:32 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

As I said before, I love these socks! The swirly pattern is so nice and the yarn you dyed shows it off nicely.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Those really are the best socks ever.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

Those socks are amazing! I love how the stripes look with the swirl pattern of the sock. Very cool!

5:12 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Wow - those socks are GORGEOUS. Can I be your sock pal? :)

8:14 PM  
Blogger alison said...

Wowza! Perfect colors for those mermaid socks. Love 'em!

8:16 PM  
Blogger CarryFairie said...

Holy Crow! Those are some totally fabu socks!!! Wanna' be my pal??? Love the color AND the pattern. :)

9:29 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love how the striping came out in that rib pattern! Really great!! Your pal will feel so lucky and special. :)

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Wow--those are amazing. I love how the stitch pattern makes the colors look like it is an incredibly complex design. I've been interested in that book before, but now I might just HAVE to have it!

4:32 PM  
Blogger shoofly said...

wow! those are the best striped socks I have ever seen! cool work! and you dyed them yourself too! awesome!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

How cheerful! Your pal will love those.

As for the next up, go for the Koigu. New and different.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Nanc said...

Wow - Those socks are awesome! You're pal will be in heaven. And now I really want to try that pattern out. Thanks for selling me on *another* knitting book (like it takes all that much). Hee!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Ruby Banshee said...

My sockpal from the last swap knit mermaids for me, and they are so comfortable! I wear them all the time. And congrats on your self-dyed self-stripers. They look great with the pattern!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Those are the most interesting socks to look at. I love them! You need to give yourself a huge pat on the back. Good self-dye job too!

11:12 AM  
Blogger Beth (big geek) said...

Those are brilliant! I wish I signed up for this!

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Dianna said...

Wicked cool socks! Great colorway!

3:03 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Wow! These are possibly the coolest socks ever! I'm very impressed!

3:51 PM  
Blogger Sssarahevt said...

okay, I am in full agreement, your socks make me want to make socks!!! Those are soooooo cool! Lovelovelove them!

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Siri said...

What a lucky pal you have!

1:40 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

These are so pretty Erin! The pattern really works perfectly with your lovely yarn!

11:30 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

These are such amazing socks. I must take a closer look at the pattern...that 'sock goddess' rating had put me off. Won't you knit a pair for yourself too? :-)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Thea said...

Amazing! And I'm not even a big sock fan. I usually scroll right past the photos, but yours really caught my eye. Cool and different and great colors! Your sockpal will be sooo happy...

7:30 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

i just got the socks!!! i LOVE them!!!!! thank you thank you thank you!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous yvonnep said...

These socks are absolutely fabulous!! A reason to buy the book. Great colours too.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Star said...

Those socks are FABULOUS !! Elann was out of the pattern :(
I bookmarked it tho. Beautiful beautiful beautiful !!!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Those are fantastic! I envy your sock pal.

I've ordered the book so I too can give them a try, I just hope it gets here before I leave on vacation next weekend.

9:34 PM  

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