knitting and the life I almost have around it

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


So in record time (i think) i have finished the Opal socks :). Votes have been tallied, pros and cons weighed and the verdict is that Opal has a proven 100% victory rate against cancer. Also, it is very bright and chirpy and might help to keep Nana Sherpa cheerful while in hospital.This is a pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. It's the oblique openwork pattern from the eight-stitch pattern chapter, worked on 2.75mm dpns in Opal wool. The heel is one i hadnt tried before and i include a detail.It's a slip stitch heel with a three stitch wide garter stitch border. the slipped stitch is worked alternately so instead of a rib-like pattern we get a more stretchy waffle-type effect. And the garter stitch border... is kind of charming. cute no? i didnt expect to like it but its quite sweet.
oh and a blurry detail of the oblique openwork pattern. i'm pleased, it only took one repeat to remember the pattern and it does make getting socks the same length dead easy.

oh and the colour discrepencies are a mystery to me. the second sock (on the blocker) for some reason had twice as much of the yellow stripe as the other one.. i guess the ball was spliced because there wasnt a knot or anything. i moved the repeat up a bit at the heel but still didnt get them quite matching.

i am happy nonetheless. except of course i seem to think i need to replace the slight dent (who'm i kidding, you'd never know) in my sock yarn stash. compulsion, thy name is spider

the socksy
Ms Spider

PS after my rant the other day i have to confess to being tempted by a few toe-up sock patterns... better finish my sweater first!

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  • At March 15, 2007 7:14 am, Blogger Bells said…

    mavellous work Spidey. Here's to Nana Sherpa's speedy recovery. The socks will help, no doubt about it.

  • At March 15, 2007 7:25 am, Blogger Taphophile said…

    The heel is definitely a cutie - wtg, Spidey.

  • At March 15, 2007 8:49 pm, Blogger Jejune said…

    Lovely cheerful socks, Spidey - I'm sure Nanna will love them. My hubby's uncle was diagnosed with quite severe bowel cancer a few years ago, but the surgery and treatment have been surprisingly successful, and he's still with us - so never give up hope! And, of course, the socks are magic.

  • At March 16, 2007 5:02 pm, Blogger kylie said…

    they are gorgeous - too beautiful for cancer cells to be around for sure. nice work!


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