Sunday, September 16, 2007

Recent Socks

Here's some socks I knit over the summer. I knit all my socks toe-up, one-at-a-time on two 2mm circs (Addi Turbos). Basically, I use the same formula for every sock, and just sub in whatever stitch pattern for the instep and leg that takes my fancy from any of the numerous free patterns available on-line. I always use the sewn bind-off now too, as it yields the stretchiest, yet non-ruffley, cast-off edge I've found. I'm generally working on somewhere between 64 and 74 stitches, depending on the thickness of the yarn and the stretchiness of the stitch pattern, all to fit a medium woman's foot (mine!).

Wool: Spinning Bunny, I think the colourway was Clematis (50% merino/50% tencel)

Plain stockinette with a bit of feather and fan at the cuff
This wool feels wonderful to knit and wear, but it's a bit weird how the colour patterned itself. One sock has considerably more white on it than the other. I was very careful to make sure I had the same number of stitches on feet and cuffs for both socks.

Wool: Meilenweit Cotton Maya (wool/cotton)
Stitch Pattern: slightly modified Monkey (no purling)

Wool: Trekking Pro Natura (75% wool/25% bamboo)
Stitch Pattern: Cascading Leaves from the Townsend Knitalong Group


Meilenweit Meeting

80% wool/20% polyamid

Nothing special about this wool, but the price was right. I'm not terribly enamoured with the self-patterning "fake isle" either. From the feel of it, I suspect it will wear beautifully.

I appear to be a bit of a sock wool snob. I much prefer knitting with (and wearing!) the more luxurious (and way more expensive) merinos and merino blends.


Knitman said...

I like all of them. If I wa spushed, I'd choose the Trekking ones for me.

Val said...

I knit a pair for my dad's birthday back in April in the same Trekking wool/bamboo yarn in shades of brown. I'll have to try to get a photo of them one day. They turned out nice too. Same toe. LOL.

aija said...

Hi Val! That's a lot of socks!! :)

I pulled your name in my contest-- you won a tissue cozy & keyfob set from :) Can you email me your address so I can post it to you? Thanks, and congrats!

Life's a Stitch said...

I'll have to try that bind off, since that's the problem I've had with socks - the tops are always way too tight and stretch out of shape after awhile.

FamilyBergloff said...

Do you sell any of your socks? They are beautiful!!