Socking my pal

A fab pair of socks below, but first, a brief announcement. I spent some time tonight updating my website, and while most of the changes will not be immediately evident to you, if you come across any links which don’t work, or if something looks funky in your browser, please let me know. I try my best to make this lil’ blog compatible across many (definitely not all) browsers, but I know that’s impossible. If you haven’t already, I urge you to switch to Firefox. Really. Especially if you’re still using the tool of the devil.

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I must apologize. With so many things going on, I’ve been rather negligent in updating you on all my projects. Finally, someone sent me an e-mail – “hey, Grumperina, I haven’t heard about such and such in weeks! Did you ever post an FO report and I just missed it?”

Sigh. No, you didn’t miss it. Progress reports often become so… boring. Once the pattern is established, and there are no more troubles on the horizon, I find myself wanting to post about anything but the boring progress. “Look, one more inch of the same ol’ thing!” – Boring!

And that explains how we go from the modest beginnings of the second Sockapaloooza sock to a completed pair! (and don’t be surprised when a finished pair of Greenwood socks magically appears next, even though the last time you saw them, they were just wee)

Click here for a steamy photo (like PG-rated, hehe) where I inadvertently show you some leg!

Look! All the basic details are on the custom label! Very convenient for me ;).

The label is simply a software/printer trick, which Carole explains so nicely here. I got a kick out of incorporating the trademark sock monkey and yellow background ;). I also managed to squeeze in the sockapaloooza logo. In case playing with Illustrator and Photoshop is not your cup of tea, Alison also has some fabulous ones available on her site.

To add some further comments: I am very pleased with the way this pair of socks came out. I admit that between the information my pal supplied and her blog archives, I had a pretty good idea of what she’d like in a sock. I hope I’ve been able to match her preferences in terms of color, size, and pattern (I think I have, cross your fingers!). With respect to color, this deep magenta has been a little difficult to capture, but it looks approximately right on my computer. As for size, these socks are very high – I used up the yarn almost in its entirety – which my pal prefers, and they are also rather wide and long on me, to accommodate her larger-than-mine foot. Last the pattern…

This pattern has a dual personality. On the one hand, it is so, so stretchy, and has such wonderful memory – snug around the ankle, not tight around the calf. Plus I added just a little bit of calf shaping, considering that the socks go up very high. I think they fit really well as a result. On the other hand, the pattern is composed of 44% twist stitches (knit second stitch, then first). Damn! Time-consuming, and muscle-demanding. I don’t mind. In fact, I’m considering knitting a pair (or a slight variation) for my grandma. But would I recommend them to anyone else? Hmm… I guess a person with a lot of patience, time, and hand dexterity ;).

Here’s a close-up of the stitch pattern. Can you spot the calf shaping?

I understand that the last thing I need to do is get some postcards. I may rebel and get a nice notecard instead, as I don’t really consider myself from Boston. Or Massachusetts. And possibly not even the United States. In any case, the socks are ALL SET! Woo!

54 thoughts on “Socking my pal

  1. janine

    Lovely socks, You have just made me realise I forgot to put a note in with my socks to tell my sock pal how to wash them! Too late now, I posted them yesterday to make sure they got across the Atlantic in time. I guess I will have to email her once she has got them.

  2. Jen the Knittingspaz

    I probably never would have thought to look for calf shaping, but if I spotted it correctly, it’s a nice unobtrusive touch. Why is it that none of your FO look handmade? They all seem to come out so perfectly despite the drama that we hear about.

    Is there a story behind how you chose a knitmonkey for your logo?

  3. Jenny

    WOW, will your sock pal be happy! Maybe it’s me! (Crap. It’s not me. Note to self: ask for knee socks next time…)

  4. Thorny

    Wow. Those socks are awesome! I’d be keen to try them myself, if you’re willing to share the pattern one of these days. Your sock pal is going to love them, I’m sure.

  5. peninah

    very very nice, i hope one day to be able to knit that awesomely. i like the redesign (honestly i forget what changed but it seems fast and clean). love all of your knitting and hope to try some of it soon.

    someone emailed me yesterday that my site looked like crap in that evil browser. :shrugs: whatever. :)

  6. Kate

    I love the socks. Everytime you come up with a new sock pattern, I think I’ll make socks. I never do, but I think about it.

  7. Karla (threadbndr)

    I second the ‘we need the pattern’ post. I love the color, too. Very elegant calf shaping.

    I’m waiting to see if Alison needs a sock savior this time around. In the mean time, I need to decide on the next socks for me. I need something to break up the Widow’s Shawl.

  8. Risë

    Kathy I love the way you put so much of yourself into every project you create. The sock monkey is the perfect touch to the label.

  9. Stacey

    Those are great – a nice stretchy beautiful pattern!

    I so wish I didn’t have to use devilbrowser anymore – damn confines of working on a network!!!

  10. Emily

    The socks look great! I’m using a very similar stitch pattern for my sweater, and definitely agree that it isn’t easy on the hands.

  11. Barb outside Boston

    Yes–love Firefox!

    Beautiful socks, but especially love the label–what a great idea and so beautifully executed!

  12. gail

    very cool socks and great recommendation for the pattern stitch! Must try them. Although, I’m thinking of switching to cotton sock knitting for wear with summer sandals….

  13. Jennifer

    Unfortunately my computer has issues with Firefox (and just issues…maybe I should get it some therapy?) but I really like those socks.

  14. Leisel

    After Microsoft came out and said (paraphrased) “Yeah, our browser is broken and it’s not safe to use because bad people can use it to get into your computer and steal your information… so use Firefox.”, I’ve never understood why so, so many people continue using their browser, putting themselves at risk of identity theft and such.

    Not to mention how much nicer Firefox is, anyways. I love the tab feature, and I really don’t know how I could possibly go back to using something that doesn’t have it. It makes things just so much easier.

  15. Saleknitter

    What beautiful socks! I started my first pair of socks a while ago and love the whole process…I just need to find the time to finish them!

    What a coincidence…I just switched to Firfox also. I love it.

  16. Steph

    These socks are beautiful, I love that color! I just started some socks last night and was going to make them plain 2×2 rib, but now I’ve got some great inspiration.

  17. Carrie

    Those socks make me SWOON. Pattern please! (Even if it’s just a repeat of the pattern itself – we can all figure out how to put it on socks!)

    Dang, I learn so much from you!

  18. Beth S.

    How do you do it? They’re fabulous. The color, the stitch pattern, the height (lately I’m obsessed with Tall Socks.) I know better than to hope that they’re for me, though; I’d never get matched with someone so nearby.

  19. Evelyn

    I haven’t knitted socks that go up the calf because I’ve got big calves! Calf shaping sounds like a great idea – do you just add stitches as you go up (or down) the leg? Is it as straightforward as it sounds?

  20. Emily

    I would love the pattern too would you decide to bring it out! I love knitting socks and I don’t mind if the stitch pattern is a bit more complicated! :D

    *love*

  21. laughingrat

    How extremely gorgeous! :-D

    Hey, can I ask a technical question? I’m working on some socks that are going to be just about that height. I’m afraid that they’ll want to slide right down my calves (unlike a true knee sock, which I envision, rightly or wrongly, as neatly hooking itself over my calf). Did the socks you make show any sign of wanting to slip down, and did you use any elastic in the ribbing?

    Thanks! :)

  22. Siri

    Very pretty, with clever and subtle calf shaping. What a lucky pal you have. Despite your warnings, I’d like to try that twist stitch you describe. My sock pal’s socks were filled with K2tog, then K into 1st stitch again before slipping both off the needle. A bit tricky and hard on the wrist at first, but I got the hang of it. I like how you alternated the purled and twisted stitches every 8(?) rows. It doesn’t really look like ribbing, and yet it is.

  23. Miss Scarlett

    Those socks are stunning!!

    Please, please, please share the pattern.

    I love knee socks!!

    Not, you know, that I have ever knitted socks – but I am seriously considering it!

    I actually just ordered some Rainbow elastic thread for a thigh sock and some KnitPicks dye your own Yarn to try some socks.

    But I really want to make these Twisted Sister Stitch socks – they are incredible.

  24. Amy

    Just started Jaywalkers yesterday (in the hyoooooge size, cuz I have super big feet!), and I’m loving them – now I come across these gorgeous socks and I must make them! I even have this yarn in my stash! Please, please post the pattern!!! Or sell it – I don’t care, I’ll pay!!

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