Friday, 16 September 2011

Conducive to Thought*

I finished my sock *grins* Of course, I have only finished one, but it is a fully functional sock ;)


Cool, huh? A few people commented when this was still a work in progress, that it looked huge... Well, that has something to do with the fact that I have tiny feet (size 3 UK/size 36 Europe), so when making "normal" length socks, I end up with loads of yarn left over. Some careful weighing of the yarn meant that I could make a longer sock and reduce my leftovers *smiles* As I prefer slightly longer socks, this is a win-win ;)

For comparison, here it is against my last pair of socks (which turned out much shorter than I would have liked!)


Yeah, so maybe everyone was right, it does look huge! It doesn't seem so long when I am actually wearing it though, and definitely a better length than the ankle sock:



The yarn is the Merino/Tencel blend that I dyed myself. When the sock first came off the needles, I obviously immediately tried it on... And was a little disappointed :( The yarn feels quite crisp, which was ok, but it also had a strange squeaky quality when I moved or bent my foot. Not altogether pleasant.

Well, I gave it a quick soak in some water and hair conditioner (can't remember where I picked up that tip, but I'd heard it works well for scratchy yarns so hoped it might help soften mine too) and I'm happy to say that it came out soft and beautiful. Phew. It also revived the Kool Aid scent *laughs*

Final picture, a close up of the colours, which look very different in different lights - sometimes more blue/purple is noticeable, sometimes it's more pink/orange. I like this *grins*



And, being Friday, you know the drill: head over to Natural SuburbiaTami's and Wisdom Begins in Wonder.


*"Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again" - Dorothy Day

37 comments:

  1. That is looking good, it is pretty funky how you see different colours in different light :)

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  2. I love the colors in your sock. now, go and cast on for its pair before your mind wanders away...cos, my first and only sock I knitted till date is still awaiting its pair and that was knitted 2 years ago. ;-)

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  3. I love the sock and the yarn - re-read it and realised it's the one you dyed yourself and am now slightly gutted, as I was imagining hexipuffs from it!

    :)

    Have a wonderful weekend
    xxxxx

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  4. awesome sock! and dye job! i agree i like my socks long also!!
    have a lovely weekend! xx

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  5. *squee* thanks for your comment! (No hurry - it's going to take me all year!!!)

    xxx

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  6. I'm with you on the longer length :-)

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  7. Great sock! Now onward to finishing the pair ;)

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  8. Beautiful! Good idea about making the sock longer... my plan was to make a 3rd sock and just not care about matching :)

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  9. Great looking sock and the color is awesome! I love the blends..

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  10. That is a great sock. One of the best things about knitting things is you can get them exactly how you want them, like long socks, no problem, ditto short socks or any colours you fancy :)

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  11. Wow, I see what you mean about how much longer, will be that much warmer too. Fabulous colors and it looks comfy.

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  12. Those socks are super, you'll be toasty warm!

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  13. lurve the colours in the yarn! So pretty!

    Now I wish i had some kool aid scented sockies!

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  14. The sock looks great! I love the colors and the length. I've been too afraid to make longer socks like that because of my monster-calves. =D

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  15. Beautiful sock! I like longer socks, too.

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  16. I love the sock! People comment that my socks are huge. I point out it's because I have big feet. I wear a US women's 10 and my feet are 9.5" long.

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  17. love the sock, great job and the colorway is nice too. :o)

    thx again for the comment.

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  18. just beautiful! i love the colors and the lenght too!

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  19. Those colors are simply amazing!

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  20. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. :) I love the socks - and their magic colour changing quality. I haven't yet knit a pair of socks - I did start, but got a bit fed up. May be another one for my to try list....

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  21. I love your sock! Would you believe we have the same size foot. I don't think I've ever met anyone with the same size. Cool! I make my sock legs longer too.

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  22. What a good tip with the hair conditioner.

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  23. I'm wondering if Kool-aid smelling socks is a good thing. :)

    Love the colors, though!

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  24. When I read Kool-aid scent, all I could think was "Smell my feet!" They dye job was great. I love the length.

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  25. Nice socks! I love the colors. Good luck on the second one!

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  26. Nice job...the pic of the sock alone does make them appear very long but the pic on your foot looks great.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!

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  27. It looks great! I haven't yet attempted socks. One day...

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  28. Lovely sock!!! It looks like a very long cuff, but since I've been considering doing a pair of knee-highs, I guess yours aren't all that tall. ;)

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  29. What a wonderful sock (love the close up, Natalie!!)

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  30. Yay for finishing!! You'll enjoy having different length socks depending on the weather so no worries there! So funny how the close up color looks different too...

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  31. I'm a person of extremes when it comes to socks... I think there should either be no leg as in stopping before the ankle or they should go to the knees. So I adore your sock. :-)

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  32. Wow, I am so impressed with your socks, AND your dyeing. That is amazing stuff!

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  33. Great socks. Maybe one day in one of our countries we could knit socks together :)

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  34. Great sock! I color is very nice. Makes me want to knit longer socks.

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