Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Stripe-iness

There is something very satisfying about finishing a pair of socks, even a very simple pair.

Pattern: a variation on my basic stockinette sock pattern
Yarn: Lang Jawoll Color Aktion (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon), colorway 132.0209, less than one skein
Needles: two 12" US 1 (2.5 mm) Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: January 22/January 30
Mods: Cast on 65 sts to work a 3x2 rib for the cuff, lengthened the cuff to 2", and lengthened the entire leg length by an inch (for a total of 8")

I'm not sure what it was about this colorway that appealed to me, other than the blue stripes, but these socks are fairly subdued and will be great for work.

I used the reinforcement thread (a spool of which is included inside the skein) for the heel flaps and heel turn but not for the toes. The reason for this is simple: I forgot to do it on the first sock and was too lazy to rip back, so then of course I had to do the second sock to match. I felt I needed it more in the heel area anyway, though, and I'll be watching these socks to see if there's any difference in how they wear. For now, the heel feels a little cushier, and the area of the short rows on the heel aren't as thin as they normally end up for me.

I did like this yarn. It's no different from most superwash/nylon blends, but the skein is extremely generous in its yardage (a plus if you're making man socks!) and very affordable.

I have another FO that was finished last night, but it's still damp from the blocking and really deserves a good photo shoot, so you'll have to wait a day or two for the big reveal (though I'm sure you can guess what it is).

Before I sign off for the evening, I have to thank Kristie for naming me for a "You Make My Day" award. Thanks, Kristie! The way this thing works is that if you're named, you're supposed to name 10 bloggers in turn who make your day. I'm always loathe to single out people this way, because what if you're one of those people who aren't included? I never want to offend anyone, and truly there are more than 10 blogs I read that make my day -- might I suggest you click over to my blogroll and visit a few of them? I promise you won't be disappointed.

5 comments:

The_Add_Knitter said...

I agree that the subdued nature of that Jawoll sock yarn is super appealing! And you are a girl after my own heart--singling people out makes me feel bad as well, like having a party in elementary and only passing out invitations to a few people in the class...maybe I was too damaged by such things!

Yvonne said...

Love the socks!

weezalana said...

Those are lovely! I like the fraternal striping!

guiltypleasures said...

I hated to single out people as well, which is why I used the Random Number Generator. Saves me from feeling like I purposely left someone out. I hate that.

The socks look perfect! Maybe I'll try that reinforcement thread sometimes. I'll be interested to hear how you like it after wearing them awhile.

DPUTiger said...

I've looked at sock yarns with the reinforcing thread and haven't found any that needed to come home with me. Too many indie dyers for me to try! :) Oh, and you might want to check out my Fri nite/Sun AM blog post. Just sayin' ... :)