Roza’s socks

I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to one’s grandmother than designing a pattern for her, and distinguishing it with her name. Presenting: Roza’s socks.

The yarn is Lorna’s Laces, naturally. In periwinkle, of course.

I know the preview image is a bit small for seeing the stitch pattern detail, but I believe I’m allowed to show you an alternate picture (one I took myself):

Now you see it :). And if you’d like to knit it, check out the Spring 2007 Interweave Knits once it’s on the newsstands.

This latest use of Lorna’s Laces has propelled me to create the following button:

I’m a Lorna’s Laceaholic, and I’m proud of it. My budget, however, feels differently about this addiction. If you, too, are afflicted with undying affection for all things LL, feel free to swipe this button (saving it to your own server, of course).

What’s next for me? Something not periwinkle. Sheesh!

I want to tell you about my Brilliant Retro progress, but it’s very close to periwinkle. So, not right now.

Instead, let me show you this collection of Louet Gems Merino Opal (sportweight), another one of my favorite yarns:

From left to right, indigo #16 (left over from these socks), French blue #57, sage #50, and pewter #43. (Also in the stash, should a substitution be necessary: pink panther #51, crabapple #26, Neptune #15, lavender #09, and cream #30. Like I said, this is a favorite of mine).

All this to create a hat using a Komi motif from Charlene Schurch’s Mostly Mittens. Let the swatching begin!


133 thoughts on “Roza’s socks

  1. Ashley

    Now, have you had any fuzzing with the Opal? I used the Pearl for my Endpaper Mitts and they have quite a halo on them. I do use them dialy, but still.

    Lorna’s, of course, would never dream of fuzzing up. COngrats again.

  2. Tara

    Congratulations! I came over after seeing the IK preview and here you just posted about it…so congrats! The socks look great!

  3. Manda

    ohhh.. I saw those in the preview and I was like “ohh! those look like something Grumperina would do! it’s in her Grandma’s color, even!!” I didn’t even look at all the details *rofl* rock on!! 🙂 congrats on getting published. 😀

  4. loribird

    In Interweave? Congrats!!! I’m looking forward to knitting it – in the proper yarn, I might add… I’m also looking forward to the Komi hat, sounds intriguing.

  5. jess

    great socks! I was hoping you would/could post a closeup of the stitch pattern now that the preview is up. 🙂 Congrats! (and I can’t wait to make them– I have plenty of lorna’s!)

  6. elizabooth

    Gorgeous socks! When I first saw the post I gasped, thinking that this was something I’d HAVE to knit right away. But I’ve got a couple of hanks of LL that can wait until spring. Great job and congrats on the published pattern!

  7. jennifer

    YAY YOU! i was SO excited and thrilled for you when i saw your lovely socks in the IK preview. and now to find they are a tribute to your grandmother may be the final straw that inspires me to knit some socks. well done, G! they are perfection and the color divine!

  8. Karma

    I’ll be keeping a close eye on my mailbox for the new issue of IK! Too bad, I think we’ll have to wait a few more weeks. 🙁 Those socks are so beautiful!

  9. Regina

    Woooo! Those are purrrrrty! I usually wait for my IK with bated breath, but…. Okay, it’ll just be even more bated. I’m ordering some LL soon, to execute said socks. My grandmother’s birthday is coming up soon, too.

  10. ZhiWen

    I just saw it in the Interweave Knits preview! Wow!! Congratulations 😀 The pattern is beautiful, I’m looking forward to knitting it!

    (Also, I just finished and posted up a pic of my Shetland Triangle, I first saw it on your website and really wanted to make it after that)

  11. maryse

    i saw the preview yesterday and was so very excited for you that i clapped at my computer at work. good thing i have my own office and no one saw me.

    anyway, it’s a lovely sock and i look forward to knitting it. congratulations grumpy girl!

  12. Barb in Sudbury

    That’s wonderful! Now my Spring IK better not be 5 weeks late like the Winter issue was!

  13. Rebekkah

    Thanks for the close-up photo. I was doing my best to squint and make out the stitch design from the photo on the IK site, but it really was to small to see much of anything.

    So you got to choose the yarn *and* the color for the socks? Very nice. I have no idea how it works for those sorts of things. But I do really like the color you chose. I’ve never knit with LL solids, but I love how they look.

  14. jaws

    I have never been tempted to knit socks. But those? I may cave in.

    Please, tell me how/where you make buttons like that. Kristina of and I plan to starta KAL and we need a snazzy button. . .

    Thanks for your help!

  15. lune

    OK, I will admit to being a bit slow on the uptake — when I saw the first photo I thought it was of you, and I was surprised that you were wearing a white frilly skirt! Then I clicked on the photo and ended up in…Interweave Knits…whoah! Congratulations! Are you excited? What does your grandmother think? Have you knit a pair for her yet, or will Interweave Knits return the socks from the photo shoot?

    This is so exciting! Congratulations!

    OK, back to lurkerdom for me, this is my first comment one anyone’s blog ever! Worth delurking for, I think!

  16. Sarah

    Congratulations! That is fantastic! And the socks are beautiful, too. I’ll have to reserve some yarn in the stash just for them.

  17. suzanne

    Congratulations! Your picture is much much better. I am really excited about this issue–there are multiple things that I want to make, and your socks are no exception. Super simple, super beautiful.

  18. Kate

    All I can say is, it’s about time! Congrats. I don’t knit socks, but I’m an LL addict. I love knitting with their yarns and I love how they wear.

  19. Natalie

    Ok, that put me over the edge. I’d asked for a subscription for Christmas, but no luck. I’m now a happy subscriber eagerly awaiting the Spring 2007 edition.

  20. Jennifer

    OOOH! How very exciting! I always look forward to the next issue, but now I have something specific to look forward to. What a wonderful tribute!

  21. Trixie

    Must. . . Knit. . . These . . . Socks. . . Now! Truly beautiful. Another great design from you. But I have to say the teaser is very unfair. Guess, I’ll buy some yarn now and wait anxiously for the pattern. Thanks for creating something wonderful again!

  22. Adriana

    Congrats on getting publish in Interweave Knits and thanks so much for the additional picture. I was squinting at my screen trying to see the design. Your socks are the only thing that I will definitely knit from the new IK.

  23. Marlena

    I saw those on the preview! Thank you for the closeup, I am in love already. AND I happen to have a couple of skeins of Lorna’s Laces in a very nice shade of blue. 🙂

    This whole issue looks really good. I can’t wait until it arrives! And congratulations! I feel like one of those people who follows a local band and feels a little thrill to see them on Mtv!

  24. Wannietta

    Congratulations Kathy! Lorna’s Laces was my 1st love but I’ve started seeing STR with some regularity. I’m just not capable of yarn fidelity.

    Even though I swore that I’d stick to plain socks after Lacy Scallops kicked my ass, Roza’s socks may be more of a temptation than I can resist.

  25. Michele in Maine

    Love that pattern. And I love the periwinkle color. I have searched several sites on the internet to try to find LL in periwinkle and have not found any. Can you recommend a source? thanks ever so much.

  26. Bea Apple

    Congratulations on your pattern in Interweave! I can’t wait to try out the socks, I love the stitch pattern. I’m making a pair of Jaywalkers out of guess what… Lorna’s Laces 🙂

  27. Amy

    Woot woot woot! I look away for a few days and you share 2 beeyoutiful FOs!

    Can’t wait for my Interweave to show up, even more than normal. 🙂

  28. claudia

    Those are pretty socks. Your grandma is probably just bursting with granddaughter pride. Looking at the IK preview site, its quite amazing how the blogger-designers have (rightly) infiltrated the magazine world.

  29. Angie

    Beautiful – Periwinkle, periwinkle, how I love thee periwinkle. I only had 1 skein of LL(purple club) and I knit it up into a pair of socks, I never even wove the tail in, I just love them..with all of their faults.

  30. margaux

    I love Louet Gems Opal! I secretly want to covet them all from my LYS. The owner actually showed me a new book she got from her trade show which has a lace cardigan made of the stuff! AHH I can’t wait to own it.

    Congratulations on your first IK published Pattern!! I cannot wait to make them.

  31. Rachel

    Congratulations on your pattern being published in Interweave Knits! (I figured it was just a matter of time!) I love that your grandma’s encouragement has led to this. A fitting tribute, indeed. I can’t wait to see the next IK! Wonderful work!

  32. freecia

    I know where you get the Lorna’s but do you also get the Louet Gems online? Care to share your dealer? I personally love the worsted weight Gems.

  33. Heather

    I’m using Gems Opal to design a pair of socks in honor of my grandmother. I love that yarn too – first was introduced to it by ordering it for the bobble cardigan from Vogue Fall 04 (I think).

  34. Laurie

    Nice pattern! I will absolutely knit it and the first pair will be for my Grandma too. She love love loves when I knit her socks and wears them constantly.

  35. Cabstand

    OOOh, those are nice! Beautiful lines. The only bright side to waiting for the pattern is it gives me time to find just the right yarn. Congrats.

  36. Jacinta

    Fabulous socks, congrats on being published in Interweave! I have a couple of skeins of Lorna’s Laces just itching to be made into them.

  37. nona

    Congratulations on your pattern being published in Interweave Knits! I cannot wait for the issue and to knit your socks 🙂

  38. Sherry

    Congrats on designing the socks and having them published in Interweave Knits. Does your grandmother know? You must share the story of what she says/said about your accomplishment.

  39. Karen B.

    Due on newstands (and in my mailbox) in February? I think Roza’s Socks will be the first socks I knit for my mom. In periwinkle. What? I already had the yarn picked out :o)

  40. kylie

    oh, they’re pretty!! Can’t wait to get my copy of IK and get knitting those! Due to the fact I’m in Australia, it probably won’t be for another 3 months or so, but something to look forward to!!!! Congrats…

  41. Nynke

    Hi Kathy, congratulations on your publication! (it’s probably a lot more fun to read then publications about organic chemistry ;-)) The sock looks very pretty. Will you let us know what your grandma thinks of it?

  42. ksfishgirl

    AWEsome socks, your gramma is SO lucky. Beautiful knitting… and I’m ordering some periwinkle LL today!

  43. Juliet

    I *cannot wait* to get the Spring issue of Interweave to knit up those socks. I do believe I am going to use my skein of Lenten Rose from Sundara’s petals collection to knit them up!

  44. connie

    Beautiful socks. Can’t wait for the Interweave.

    I’m curious, on the preview, the designer is listed as Grumperina. Is that your “stage” name for your designs too (in addition to your blog name)?

  45. k

    wow – these are really pretty – perfect for grandma (and maybe perfect for me – new project on the horizon!)

  46. Cara

    I smell a new jaywalker. And this time I’ve got plenty of semi-solid STR. Congratulations! A grand day indeed when there’s a new sock pattern from the master.

  47. brooke

    Beautiful socks! I can’t wait to receive my copy of IK and cast on. Your blog provides such interesting and exciting knitting content and patterns, thanks so much for sharing with us.

  48. Deborah C.

    Delurking to say – they are absolutely gorgeous. I am so glad I subscribe to Interweave Knits, now I’ll be watching the mailbox for it to arrive so I can make a pair. I have Louet Gems Pearl in stash that would look lovely with this pattern. Another winner!!

  49. Janine

    Oh, so lovely! This might just be the pattern for the first pair of patterned socks for my mother. Congrats on doing such a excellent job!

  50. DivaKnitter

    I usually don’t look at a pair of socks and think, I HAVE to make those. but that’s what I thought about Roza’s Socks. They are absolutely gorgeous. I’m sure your grandmother is incredibly proud of you 🙂 I’ll be hitting up the nearest magazine rack on the 20th for the pattern!


  51. Jeanne

    Congratulations! I’m a bit behind in my blog reading, and when the magazine arrived today, I was delighted by the surprise of a new Grumperina pattern. They are beautiful socks, so fine and classic — I look forward to knitting a pair or two.

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