09 April 2006

Distraction

To distract myself from things-worrying-my-brain, I sat down this afternoon and finally finished the last Canal du Midi sock, in time to take pictures in the evening sun (how amazing, to have the sun still hitting my porch at 6:00 p.m. -- the mountains behind me used to block it out by 4 p.m.).


Pattern: Canal du Midi socks, from Knitting on the Road
Yarn: Socks that Rock in "Marbles"
Needles: Those same metal dpns, US 1
Started: 23 March 2006
Completed: 9 April 2006

Notes: Well... I don't like the spiral toe too much. On the one I just knit, it makes a slightly uncomfortable ridge right under my toes. And it's pointy. Next time, I'd just do a regular, kitchner stitch toe (you can see on the right sock where I messed up the spiral.. the left is better, but they're still pointy).


But... that said, I love the pattern. It knits quickly (if it hadn't been for that long weekend with no fourth dpn and a house guest or two, I would have finished much quicker) and looks beautiful. I love STR, particularly this colorway. I want to make a pair of straight stockinette socks with it just to enjoy the color of the yarn. As it is, I think these look like tapestry. And I'm really pleased with the twisted technique of picking up stitches along the heel flap. No more holes!


If I were to do it again, I would use a solid yarn for this sock pattern. I think next time I'll also do a rounded heel rather than the square heel. But... I'm very, very happy with them.

15 comments:

Chris said...

They're gorgeous!! You should be pleased as can be.

Can you undo the toes and redo them in a more standard kichener toe? My toes are picky about ridges, too...

msubulldog said...

Those are really, really beautiful. What colors!

yahaira said...

soooooooooooo pretty and funky at the same time. great job! Im with chris, maybe redo the toes if you aren't happy with them

Laura said...

I love them! That colorway is beautiful. And I have been wanting to knit that pattern. Thanks for the tip about the spiral toe.

Theresa said...

They look great. So when are you going to show us your cowboy boots?

lexa said...

Absolutely beautiful! I think I've only knit a pattern once (so far!) that called for a spiral toe, and I changed it to my regular toe.

aija said...

Beautiful!!!

Shelley said...

Those look great! You did a fantastic job on them.

Tina in Wonderland said...

Cool socks, both in color and the neat pattern! I can see where they do kinda look like tapestry! I'd never heard of a spiral toe, but I like the way it looks.

Zonda said...

You did a great job! I love the pattern and the yarn. Good job on the heels too!

Acornbud said...

Ooh, very lovely. I like the colors.

Beth said...

Your socks are gorgeous! I love that yarn - it's good to hear you liked knitting it - I've been thinking of buying some STR yarn.

NorCalKnitter said...

I love your socks. The colors and pattern are beautiful.

NorCalKnitter said...

I love your socks, the colors are beautiful. I really like the pattern too.

Siri said...

Beautiful! I've got some of that same colorway that I've tried to make into Jaywalkers but it didn't fit, so then I unravelled it and knit another plain ribbed sock with the yarn without getting all the kinks out of it. When I knit the matching one with the yarn that hadn't been knit with before, it turned out to have completely different dimensions. Now I've got to rip both of them again, wash the yarn and start all over again. But it's worth it since the yarn is so beautiful.
Seeing yours I'm getting inspired to tackle this project soon!