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US 0 / 2.0 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs
US 1 / 2.25 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs

Yarn: Fleece Artist Nova Socks
1 skein = 355.0 yards (324.6m)
Colorway amethyst
Purchased at Stitches West in Santa Clara, California

This one shows the color better:
mock wave cable toe-up socks

This one shows the wavy rib pattern:
mock wave cable toe-up socks

I started out with this yarn thinking I was going to make Diamond Waffle socks, but the yarn is variegated and didn’t look good with the pattern.

So I decided to use the cable pattern from the Mock Wave Cable socks in Favorite Socks. That is a top-down pattern, but it seemed like the pattern would work toe-up also. So these socks are sort of a combination of the two patterns.

Tried KnitPicks rosewood circulars to start this, they were too grabby with the yarn. Switched to the nickel plated ones. Can’t figure out the “lighter circular beginning” cast-on to save my life, so did Judy’s magic cast-on instead.

I have thick insteps and ankles so I switched from size small to size medium at the point where the increases started. After turning the heel, I switched from size 0 to size 1 needles.

The 2-ply merino superwash yarn is nice to work with. It produces pretty, subtle color changes and a thick yummy fabric when ribbed. It also blooms sweetly when washed.

Date: 27 Apr 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Those are gorgeous!

I haven't attempted socks yet. I've been doing sweaters for 30 years and lots of scarves lately, moving into lace patterns, but socks just haven't grabbed me yet, plus I'll admit to being a little intimidated by the thought of them, which I'm sure is silly.

socks and scarves

Date: 27 Apr 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey, there's nothing wrong with not doing socks. Given your excellent example, I have been enjoying myself doing nothing but scarves. And really only one stitch, too. I've finished a few, have a few more mostly done, and am in the middle of two. It's fun, because I can play with all of the different yarns without getting caught up in other, more complicated things.

Gorgeous socks, firecat!

Date: 27 Apr 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Which part seems intimidating?

Using the dpns (I use circulars for almost everything) and turning the heel. Also, I tend to knit while doing other things, so having to pay attention during increases etc, seems inconvenient to me. I have a sweater that is very close to being done, but I'm at a decrease row on the neckline and just haven't sat down to it with intention in about 6 weeks now. OTOH, my stash has somewhat organically come to include several nice sock yarns, so perhaps I will use one of them for a pair of socks instead of a scarf.

Date: 27 Apr 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very pretty!

mad skillz

Date: 27 Apr 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
i think it's really cool that you're now at the point where you can just substitute a different pattern and even turn it around for part of the sock when the original plan doesn't pan out.

Date: 28 Apr 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Ooh pretty. Of course with the purple that was guaranteed :-).

Date: 28 Apr 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
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eee! pretty!

So, since my lace-obsession has begun giving way to a sock-obsession, would you recommend the Favorite Socks book as a second book on socks? I got the basics from Sensational Knitted Socks but I'm not feeling inspired by that book anymore.

I'm also tempted to just Make Stuff Up, but I have this sneaking suspicion that there's more sock wisdom out there I could absorb.

Date: 2 May 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sev
Something more than "here's forty-six more stitch patterns you can use on the instep of your sock!" which is mostly what's left for me in the SKS book. SKS feels like one designer's take on sock construction -- granted, there's top-down and toe-up options, there's a couple of different kinds of toe options, but it still feels like one person's wisdom.

I guess I'm looking to deepen my understanding of sock construction.

Date: 2 May 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sev
yay, thanks!

My local library has Folk Socks and New Pathways for Sock Knitters so I've put them on hold.


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