Becoming

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

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  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.. :)

    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.

    Sonya

  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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