Mar 24, 2010

Jackie's Socks

I finished a pair of socks last week. It's my third complete pair for this year but I was hoping to knit 18 pairs in 2010 so I'll need to pick up the pace a bit.

These are one of those rare pairs of socks that I've knit by request. I give socks away all the time but it's usually something I decide on my own or because my girls see a pair on the needles and claim them mid-knit. This time my S-I-L saw me knitting socks while visiting last fall and asked if I'd make her a pair. I was kind of flattered and said yes.

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As I mentioned before, these started with the Nutkin pattern but it's really just a Nutkin leg surrounded by sock elements that make me happy. I started with a picot edge rather than a plain one and I did an eye of partridge flap heel rather than short rows. I also went with a foot that was plain except for purl rows traveling down the sides for definition. I like elements that flow into each other and the purl rows continue from the sides of the leg. It works for me.

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The yarn is Caper Sock by String Theory in a color called Isis. I like Margene's idea of calling it Iris in a Blender. It's superwash wool with nylon and cashmere. You can really feel the cashmere. After a soaking and a blocking (yes, I blocked a pair of socks for the first time in years) the cashmere has a lovely fluffy haze and these socks are amazingly soft to the touch.

Now these socks are on their way to Brooklyn where I hope they'll be greeted happily.

4 comments:

Julie said...

Very pretty socks!

Carole Knits said...

Those are great and I like the way you incorporated your own favorite sock elements into the pattern. You are a pair up on me at this point!

doris said...

Great socks! I am working on a pair of Nutkins and have made a few mods too. I have trouble with short row heels, so I did my favorite heel flap too. I do love the pattern other than that though.

Sarah said...

Those socks are wonderful, and I love what you did with the pattern.