Proper model

First, Happy (Eye Candy) Friday, everyone!

One day, when I grow up, I will have a garden with peonies galore! It is one of my most favorite flowers – so frilly, so girly, so sweet, and the beautiful blossoms emerge from the cutest perfectly-spherical buds. And if peonies don’t take, dahlias like Sandy’s neighbor. Drooooool…

There’s an excellent reason you don’t see socks “off the foot” on this blog – they looks craptastic! All mangled and lumpy and misshapen, with hardly an indication of their actual form.

Even sock blockers don’t do the trick for me. Feet are three dimensional, and are therefore, hands down, the absolute best models for socks!

What a difference! I’m quite pleased with the way the heel turned out. It was my first time doing stranded knitting on both the right and wrong sides of the work. Purling with two hands = not for the faint of heart :).

The acrobatics required to capture a shot like that necessitate a whole lot of duds, like this one:

Contort, and contort again, just to show a properly-modeled sock.


44 thoughts on “Proper model

  1. Stephanie

    I absolutely love that cast on edge. It’s stunning. And I agree. Socks need to be pictured on a foot. These are looking great!!!

  2. martha

    The peony picture is beautiful. When I was a child, growing up on a farm in the East, my mom had a row of peony plants. They were always in our house while blooming. I’ve tried to grow them several times in Santa Barbara, but to no avail and great disappointment. Yesterday my son’s wife brought me a bouquet of peonies, “…just because.” I cried. Thanks for the lovely reminder.

  3. Tracy H.

    Thanks for sharing the peony.

    Just wanted to let you know I’m wearing my newly finished Roza socks today, in Trekking XXL #109. I took pics, will be sending them in for your gallery when I get a chance. Roza’s one pattern I wouldn’t mind using multiple times!

  4. Meadow

    I also love the cast on edge, so pretty.

    And I never knew that you would have to be a gymnast to properly show a sock 😉

  5. Karen B.

    You’re right about 3-dimensional being the best presentation format. Although I used to be quite good at it, my contortionist days are over (and the cats won’t cooperate), so it’s sock blockers for me.

  6. Wendy

    Have you tried Norwegian purling? I found it a godsend when purling in two colors (toes and heels) last summer!

  7. Kelli

    The only thing that I really don’t like about Peonies is how they attract ants. I remember summer after summer at my Grandma’s kitchen table, rounding up the ants that crawled out of her cut Peonies. It gives me the shivers just thinking about it. They are, however, lovely to look at if they aren’t harboring ants. 🙂 Incidentally, they are also the state flower in Indiana, my home state.

  8. Steph

    I was hoping you could help me – I’m feeling like a bit of a ludite asking you this, but I can’t find the pattern anywhere. Is it in a book or can it be found online? I REALLY want to make these – they’re gorgeous!



  9. Karen S

    *sigh*… I just can’t get over, how beautiful that sock is (I can only imagine how splendid the pair will be finished… wauw!).

    By the way, I alway try to model socks on something 3D as well (have used stuffing of other socks when I were short of a smaller foot), but socks are so much more pretty if you can see the pattern properly.

    Karen S

  10. ringer

    Deer don’t eat peonies, isn’t that wonderful? That makes them one of the very few things I *can* grow here in the Fingerlakes region of New York.

    Since this is my first comment, I also want to thank you for testing all those sock patterns for us! And for the Jaywalkers, of course.

  11. Barb in Sudbury

    Ah, but purling with two hands as a combined knitter is easier than other ways, methinks.

    (I’m no Grumperina, but I was able to do twisted, or two-end, flat knitting without TOO much of a problem because of it–which reminds me I actually first found your site researching the weird [combined] knitting I did!)

  12. Stephanie

    Oh, wow. They’re great. Really great. I agree that purling w/ 2 colors kinda sucks, but I think in this case you can say that it was definitely worth it.

  13. JJ

    Nice socks! Just wanted to let you know that I was inspired by your post on hemming jeans (9/12/05). I figured ‘why should I send jeans to the tailor since I only paid $20 for them?”(closeout sale at a Levi’s store plus no sales tax because I bought them in Delaware). So I dusted off the ol’ sewing machine, threaded it with denim thread, replaced the needle and got to work. They are SPLENDID! I am so proud of them that I even took pictures of it and sent them to my sister:-) I also finished my very first Tivoli and I am proud of that too. Hey, maybe I should wear the Tivoli and my hemmed jeans together! Two proud moments together.

  14. Ronni

    Wow, those are gorgeous socks! Two handed knitting scares me so two handed purling is right out as far as I am concerned. Scary as all get out. I think I’d have to see if I could cheat and just go around twice purling and slipping with one color and then slipping and purling with the other. I’m too muddle headed right now to tell if that would work or not though.

  15. Heide

    Kelli was correct in her assessment of ants and peonies. However,peonies may need ants or other insects to help chew away the outer husk before they can bloom. Should you ever grown peonies don’t be too gung ho on the insecticides. There is some debate over this issue among gardeners.

    The cranberry peach socks are absolutely scrumptious and I couldn’t agree more with you about the modeling of socks. I’m making a pair for the Hogwart’s Sock swap and I’d love to take a modeled picture of them, but I’m afraid that the recipient would be grossed out. I’ve never worried before about wearing socks intended for friends and family, but this lady doesn’t know me. I need to procure one of those legs like Cookie has ;).

  16. Ann

    The sock looks great – love the colors & the pattern too. But it sure look complicated to knit & I don’t think it’s my kind of knitting (sigh….)

  17. Patty

    Fantastic knitwork! They’re beautiful. I gave up trying to take a picture of my own foot in a sock and employed my dear daughter.

  18. Haley

    glad I’m not the only one who takes lots of dud photos in an attempt to get the good ones. great looking sock!

  19. Amy

    I always wonder what my neighbors think when they see me in the yard or on the porch, sticking my feet up in the air and holding a camera at such a weird angle. 🙂 Glad to know I’m not the only one!

    I *love* the way these socks are turning out, the two-color heel is the best!

  20. Laura Neal

    Have you thought of knitting socks for soldiers? I thought of you when you said that you were in constant need to have a pair of socks on your needles.

  21. Prunila

    WoW! For me this ones looks very interesting! I like how you mix this techniques!!! They remember me some incredible mittens I saw from norvegian knitters (in Flickr).

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