Grandma’s most recent socks-in-progress didn’t start out beautifully by any stretch of the imagination, but beauties they’ve now become:

The subtle variegation of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock is pleasing me to no extent (as usual). It’s even attempting to stripe ever so subtly – can you see it?

The fit is fabulous, and the fancy cuff was perfect for someone like me – although these creations may lead you to believe otherwise, you know I typically poo poo too many cables and twisted stitches. This little cuff was great -36 rounds of fanciness, all easily memorized, followed by mainly stockinette. Only a thin 4-stitch twisted motif is carried down the leg:

I think it adds wonderful texture without being too intrusive… on the overall look of the sock or my mind :).


32 thoughts on “Becoming

  1. Karen B.

    Kathy, how you’ve wonderfully mixed the detailed texture on the backdrop of stockinette! They are beauties indeed.

    Can’t complain about that subtle LL colorway, either :o)

  2. Kai

    That is one very pretty sock.. πŸ™‚

    Lornas Laces are divine to work with and that colourway is stunning..

    Pattern is fabulous! I love the fanciness and the simplicity. A perfect mix.

  3. Sonya

    Lovely, absolutely lovely!

    I hope you’ll find it in your heartto share the pattern with us. I’dlove a pair for myself.


  4. Molly

    Gorgeous! And I hope I’m the only one who had a scary flashback to Red Dragon upon reading the title of the post. Hopefully now I’ll have a flash of these soothing socks whenever I watch Thomas Harris movies!

  5. Wanda

    I agree the pattern isn’t too busy, just right. The fanciness at the top is just enough and then a little more plain towards the bottom. Great job.

  6. Thorny

    Wow. I was kind of iffy on that pattern when I saw it in the book, but in the colorway you’ve chosen? It’s like a whole different sock. Gorgeous! I’m sure your grandmother will be delighted!

  7. Marlena

    Those are so pretty! But not too fussy. I love them. I’ll have to get my hands on that book.

    I just finished some socks using Spirit Trail Fiberworks sock yarn. It has that same subtle variegation. Even though the color changes weren’t radical, I still found myself mesmerized by them as I knit the socks. Good thing, the socks were pretty much entirely 2×2 ribbing. I needed something to keep me going!

  8. Lynn

    Nancy had another pattern similar to this one published in Vogue Knitting, Fall 2006. She liked the travelling stitches patterns a lot, so she reused them in the new sock. There was also a pattern for Meg Swansen’s shaped sock (but you’ve already got that one figured out). I love reading about your sock adventures!

  9. kelpkim

    really nice pattern! and the yarn color choice is super! those would make super knee-hi socks. can’t wait to see them as FO’s! :o)

  10. Rachel

    I like the idea of doing a fancy cuff and then sticking mostly with stockinette…I never want to commit to a fully patterned sock, and this might be just the compromise.

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