Monday, May 23, 2011

Dragonfly Socks


My first pair of socks (for myself) in the new year and done. Hooray! Now just three more to go and I can meet my New Year's goal. Either way, I'm pretty pleased with these socks especially after the rough start with a different pattern. 

Now for the moment of truth. Perhaps you are wondering if I managed to knit these out of one skein of Shibui Sock (that's 191 yards). No, I was not. I ran out with about a quarter of the foot left. You can see on the bottom sock where I had to join the second skein. Strangely enough, despite these being from the same dye lot, the second skein is a bit more tonal/variegated than the first skein (which seems almost solid to me). I didn't really notice the color difference until I started knitting with it, although I probably should have. Looking back at the stash picture I took when I bought the yarn, you can tell one skein is definitely not as solid.

No biggie, though. 

The lace pattern was very easy to memorize and that definitely helped to keep the project moving quickly. I started the second sock Saturday while riding the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and was through to the heel by the end of the trip. I finished them yesterday while on the phone with my mom. I felt like I was just zooming along.

The only thing I would do different, were I to knit these again, would be to do an extra lace repeat on the leg (maybe two) because they're just not quite long enough for me. Also, the cuff and leg are a bit loose and I would try knitting the cuff/leg portion on a smaller needle (I used a  2.5mm). It's not saggy per se, but it could definitely stand to be a bit more snug.

I almost didn't post this last picture since the last time I posted a sock picture with dog legs in the background a horrible incident followed not long after. But this was just too cute to pass up. Those are Timber's tiny toes (I call them his ballet slippers) behind me and Hazel's speckled leg behind him.

Pattern: Dragonfly Socks by Jocelyn Sertich (FREE!)
Yarn: Shibui Knits Sock in #1765 Blossom (approx. 1.2 skeins)
Needles: 40" US1.5 (2.5mm)
Began: May 12
Completed: May 22

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  1. Very nice! If I made these I would also add a few repeats to the leg. Great job on the short row heels.

  2. Very pretty indeed...fantastic knitting!

  3. I say this with love and respect... you're a nerd. I totally can't tell where the skein join is! Well, I can now that you pointed it out, but before I read how it looked different, I totally couldn't tell. And don't blame it on my old, almost 40 eyes - ok, they're only 35, but still. I couldn't see it because I'm not a nerd, like yourself :)

  4. beautiful socks! you did a great job. i really like the pattern and am going to have to remember this one when i am picking out my next sock pattern. love the color, too!

    i am working on a pair of cookie a. monkey socks, but i am not nearly as fast as you!

  5. these are wonderful. the difference in the yarn just adds to their home-madey-ness (yes, that's a word). and i remember that horrible incident you had with the eaten sock!

  6. Stinking cute! Pattern with texture - AND looking great!

  7. They are so pretty. I didnt even really notice until you mentioned it about the different color.

  8. These are so perfect. i think they look fantastic.
    Great job!

  9. Wow, 10 days fr a pair of socks. Incredible! They are adorable socks, too. Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself with "the incident". Keep your new socks close, Andrea!

  10. These are beautiful!! Makes me want to knit a pair too!

  11. Great socks! I really like the pattern and I love the yarn.


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