Sunday, April 09, 2006

Embossed Leaves Socks

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At long last. I have a pair of socks. Not one, but two! I started knitting these socks in early January. I took my time on the first one and then did not cast on the second one until much later. The second sock took only one week to knit, so theoretically I could have made this pair in two weeks instead of three months. If you want to knit these socks, you can find the pattern in the Winter 2005 issue of Interweave Knits. It is a fun pattern and the lace knitting is easy to keep track of. I used the recommended yarn (Koigu), but in a variegated color instead of a solid one. Do yourself a favor and choose a solid color when you make these socks. I think you will be happier with the results. I used what I had on hand and like the way they turned out, but I know the leaves would show up better with a solid color. The only other thing I would change next time is to go down a needle size, because these are a little loose on my foot. I like my socks to fit tighter in the foot and toe than these do. I haven't tried them on with shoes yet, so I don't know how well they will work. But, I have tried them on for pictures, because I know you want to see how they look on.
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Sock Update (4/10/06): I've worn these socks with shoes now and they are going to be just fine. In fact, they are possibly the most comfortable socks I've made so far! I think it's the Koigu. All the glowing reports I'd heard about this yarn is the reason I bought it in the first place. But as I was knitting with it, I began to wonder if people had exaggerated a bit. It was nice to knit with, but I didn't notice a huge difference from the last sock yarn I'd used. Now I'm a believer. Koigu is as great as everyone says!

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I like the last shot, with the birdhouse. In the photos you took, the leaves show up well. Are they that much less noticable in person?

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  2. Your socks look fabulous, and I can just imagnie how comfy they are thanks to the Koigu. I'll definitely be putting that pattern on my future knits list.

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  3. Those are beautiful, Tracy! I think the leaf pattern shows up just fine. I am going to have to put that yarn on my list of things I really want to try.

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  4. They look gorgeous and comfy!

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  5. I love those socks. I won't be able to take a sock class until later this summer or early fall. I can't wait to have socks of my very own! It's good to hear that they are both cute and comfortable.

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  6. Gorgeous! And you beat me to it! I haven't turned the second heel yet!

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  7. pretty! I love koigu.

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  8. Hey, love those socks. I have not tried Koigu yet....last night I worked on a swatch pattern for the crocheted sweater I want to make; so far, so good. I'll post a pic soon.

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  9. they are fabulous! i love them! i think you need non-verigated yarns when doing patterns like that... the socks i am working on now are the same way... but of course i chose a varigated yan ;)

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  10. I love the socks -- and I'm convinced now that I need to try to make them soon!

    You did a beautiful job knitting them.

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~Tracy