Friday, 18 November 2011

Socks The Third

As I mentioned yesterday, I finished my socks *grins*


They look massively long in pictures, but in real life they come up to about my mid-calf. Which means I used up far more of the yarn than I have for my previous socks, and they're a height that I prefer, but did involve a lot of weighing the yarn and guessing how much I needed for each part - next time I make longer socks I think I'll go with the toe up method *laughs*

I know I've talked about it before, but the yarn used for the socks was one I dyed myself. My first attempt at dyeing yarn in fact *smiles*


I named this colour "Don't be mean to Pixley", and if anyone gets the reference to an obscure line from a little known TV show, I will be very impressed ;) I love how it knitted up, and one of my favourite parts is the rainbow effect I got on the heel, when the rows were shorter:


This photo also demonstrates that the socks fit, as every picture I tried taking of them on my feet either made my legs look like tree trunks or my feet look deformed *laughs* It really isn't easy taking pictures of your own feet!

Of course I am wearing the socks now for their maiden voyage, and I firmly believe that the first outing of handknit socks must include an opportunity to show them off. Luckily, I think the colours work perfectly with my purple shoes...


How cute?! So now every one in my office can see them, and be forced to admire them *grins*

Details:
Pattern: Basic cuff down vanilla socks
Yarn: Bluefaced.com Silky Sock, a wool/tencel blend, dyed using cheery, grape, blue lemonade and orange Kool Aid
Mods: No pattern to speak of, so no mods required!
Love: 4/5 having worn them for a couple of hours, I realise they could do with a longer cuff, but overall they're fab :)

PS: Don't forget the usual suspects: TamiNatural SuburbiaWisdom Begins in Wonder... And Plumslife, who I unfortunately omitted last week - sorry Beth!

52 comments:

  1. Wooo hoo! I am so glad you posted this early as I'm going out soon and was wondering if I'd have to wait until we get back to see them!

    THEY ARE GORGEOUS! You are totally turning me onto orange. I love that you dyed this yarn yourself but I'm also gutted as it means I can't have it! :)

    Have a wonderful day in your purple shoes (that's my usual colour) and enjoy your weekend
    x

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  2. The socks are great, but ooooo the shoes! Where did you get them my dear?

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  3. you dyed that yarn yourself!?!?! Wow, this is a seriously impressive project, well done you! And they fit like a glove... except if it were a glove that had been made my me, in which case they wouldn't have fitted at all (hence my penchant for shawls, blankets, and children's sweaters that can be "grown into" at some mystical time in the future!)

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  4. Congrats on getting them finished, they look great! i hope you show them off to everyone you meet!

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  5. The socks are super adorable! I love the stripes. You did a great job dyeing. It is fun to dye yarn, isn't it?

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  6. I do love how those knit up, the colors spread themselves out perfectly! Cute!

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  7. I love your socks! They are fantastic and look so cute with your shoes.

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  8. They are just wonderful and you dyed the yarn? You rock! Oh, and cute shoes!
    xx

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  9. Love the colors - great dyeing job!

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  10. Natalie--They're adorable...esp. with the purple shoes!!
    I do that at work, too..."What do you think of my latest ______?" :)

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  11. Love your socks! They look so cute with your shoes too :D

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  12. I think you will have to teach me how to knit socks. I can't get my head around them so havent even tried!

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  13. They turned out great, nice dyeing work too!

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  14. Hi!
    Beautiful. Love the color of yarn. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Food for Thought
    http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2011/11/quilts-and-crochet.html

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  15. 3 cheers for your socks! I hope everyone in the office appreciate them just as much as all us fiber geeks to!

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  16. I love the heel rainbow as well. And the shocks with the purple shoes is to die for!

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  17. I love the yarn and your socks.

    But those shoes, oh my! I'm in love with those shoes, and I'm not a shoe person.

    Backing away with shoe envy.

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  18. Love them! Someday, I'll try my hand at dying my own yarn...but let's get through spinning all my fiber first :)

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  19. I'd forgotten that you'd dyed the yarn for these yourself---I was all ready to tell you that I loved it, and then I kept reading and now I doubly need to tell you how gorgeous I think it is---awesome dyeing-and-pattern-choosing-and-knitting on your part, because these are truly awesome socks. And they really do look amazing with your (cute!) purple shoes, too.

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  20. Shoe choice for those gorgeous socks? Fabulous!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  21. I love the dye job! And those shoes are too cute.

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  22. Woohoo! They look awesome. I love your purple shoes, too.

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  23. Hooray for handknit socks! They look super, good work on the dyeing and the sock knitting

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  24. they are soooo pretty, i'm jealous. :) love those purple shoes too. :)

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  25. they're beautiful! I agree, I love knitting with my own hand-dyed. I love knitting with yarn that changes so much color in general, too - it's lovely to see how they all match up!

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  26. Love the yarn dyeing! And the shoes ... judging from the comments, you might need your very own shoe blog. :)

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  27. You have acquired so many skills. I think you should be really proud of yourself.

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  28. They are the best socks ever!! Love the name, too, although I don't get the reference :-)

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  29. Great dyeing job! And your are right...I like them with your shoes.

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  30. I think your feet and legs both look fine in that photo and it is definitely hard to take pictures of your own feet. The socks look great!

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  31. Great job! They're so fun and colorful.

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  32. Wow, you dyed that yarn? Fabulous!

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  33. I figured they'd come up to mid-calf. That's still long for me! I have big calves so store-bought taller socks tend to dig in and leave marks, so I don't get to wear them a lot. Yours look fantastic, and I am jealous. :)

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  34. You really do need an extra person for photograph feet easily and get a good angle :o) Very nice socks!!!

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  35. Your socks look great! Phenomenal first attempt at dying for stripes. I have purchased professionally dyed stripe yarn that doesn't knit up that well. I really like the color too. If you weigh and divide your yarn before you start knitting it makes it easier to know how much farther you can knit on each sock.

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  36. Absolutely great socks *jealous*

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  37. They are gorgeous! I love the colour. I hope everyone at work said lovely things about them! :D

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  38. Hi!

    I came over here from your post on craftblogs.co.uk. It was like reading about myself, although you seem to be a bit ahead of me! I started about 2 years ago, but have only recently gotten enough steam to set up my own blog. Hurrah for lovely crafty people blogging! Here are my socks in progress:
    http://lifesjewelsonstring.blogspot.com/2011/11/on-my-needles.html

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  39. A Sports Night reference AND you dyed them youself? I think I'm in love! :D Awesome socks!

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  40. Okay, I posted before I read the other comments, and I thought surely someone else would get the Sports Night thing, but no? Now I feel both super-nerdly and sad that that many people haven't seen Sports Night.

    "Honesty for Pixley!"

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  41. I don't think I have ever weighed yarn. Those socks are wonderful; love the color!

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  42. Yay they look awesome!!! love the colours!!! grand job, well done xx

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