Friday, May 30, 2008

Almost a Match

You may recall I ran into a couple of snags with these socks: a stripe that was short changed in the dye process and a break in the yarn. This required a bit of extra work on my part to get the stripes back in sync.

The right way to fix the problem would have been to back up to the spot where the color began to veer off track and rejoin the yarn in the correct sequence. I didn't feel like tinking back though, so I guesstimated how much wider to make the stripe I was on to get the rest of the stripes below that point to match. Looking back, this was risky and could have turned into more work than just fixing it the right way in first place, but luck was on my side. The stripes match perfectly in all but this one spot.


My Almost Matched Socks
Yarn: Online Supersocke 100 (45% Cotton, 40% Wool, 15% Nylon)
Color: Summer Color 793
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) DPNs

This basic sock is knit on 64 stitches and features a 1x1 ribbed cuff, stockinette leg and foot and my favorite short-row heel and toe.


And though I had some trouble with this particular skein of yarn, I still recommend it for warm weather socks. The cotton/wool blend is just right for my climate.


Also, it's the only sock yarn I've ever knit with that can stand up to machine washing and machine drying. That's a big plus when it comes to a pair of summer socks.

17 comments:

  1. Love them! The stripes look perfect to me.

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  2. Very cute and well done!

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  3. You did much better at matching the stripes than I did. One of these days I am going to get a pair to match just because I can! I love socks that can be machine washed and dried in the dryer. Sure makes laundry day a lot easier!

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  4. Those look great, stripes and all!

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  5. Such lovely happy socks. The colors are so inspiring!

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  6. You know, I didn't even notice the difference at all in the first picture - only when you zoomed in with a close-up in the second picture. Great job!

    Have you ever tried Plymouth's Sockotta sock yarn? It's 45% cotton, 40%superwash wool, and 15%nylon and it holds up very well in the washer and dryer and is perfect for summer socks. I've used it a lot, and have even made myself 3 pairs of socks with it! And the price is good - about $8 for one skein which makes one pair of socks.

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  7. I would never have been able to spot the difference without your close up shot.
    They are really sweet socks!
    Where did you get the yarn? My daughters would love me if I found a yarn they could machine dry.

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  8. They look like a perfect match to me! Are you sure they aren't there's a difference in those stripes? ;o) They are wonderful...such juicy colors in the striped--love 'em! Happy Days and Happy feet in the new sock! :o)

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  9. I love your socks and dream that someday I will develop knitting skills comparable to yours!!

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  10. It's hard to even see where they are different, that worked really well!
    The colors in that yarn are so pretty.

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  11. Nice job! I like to have two matching socks, too. Sometimes it can be a headache.

    I have never tried a short row heel. Do you have a link for a good pattern for me to try?

    I agree with Laura about Plymouth's Sockotta sock yarn. It works up and washes like a dream. It is pretty rugged yarn for summer use.

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  12. You really pulled off matching up the stripes, Tracy. They look fantatic!

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  13. It worked out perfectly and they look great on your feet.

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  14. It really paid off, they look great. But really, how can you wear socks in the summer at all? I just can't stand it and have to wear sandals all summer long. Even the thought of socks make my feet sweat.

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  15. They look super! Thanks for the yarn recomendation too!

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  16. Very cool socks! They look great!
    I'll have to check out that yarn.

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy