Sunday, February 22, 2009

Two socks are better than one

At least, they are more useful for performing vulcan mind-melds with your cat :)

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I made the first of these socks in May/June 2007 to convince myself that I would be able to produce something resembling socks for Sockapalooza 4. I made a pair of fiery looking Monkeys for my Pal in June of 2007, and... I've been intending to make the second sock (to complete what should have been my first pair) ever since.

I have been trying to put my new job's long public transportation commute time to good use, and the second sock was the first knitting beneficiary (I've also gotten more reading done than usual). I'm pleased to report that I didn't lose any of my needles on Caltrain or MUNI, and my yarn ball managed to behave itself - admirably resisting the urge to leap off my lap and go tumbling down the aisle or beneath the seat in front of me.

There's not much to say about this basic sock, except that I like the pattern very much :) I found it to be straightforward: easy to follow and to understand. I cast on 76 stitches and used teeny-tiny needles (00) to accommodate my gauge. I did make some notes in the margins of Stephanie's book, but I mainly used the first sock as a guide for the second.

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Bug was game for a little photoshoot once he discovered I could itch him under the chin (albeit rather clumsily) with my toes.

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Of course, he's always happy to model blanket-like objects...

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I'm trying to post more often, even though I'm feeling awfully busy, and I hope to get back to more blog reading as well as I get settled into my new schedule - I am missing so much of what you guys are doing!

In the meantime, I hope you all have a great week!

15 comments:

Vicki said...

Oooh, I have two skeins in that colorway. I really want to knit it up now! Gorgeous socks!

jen said...

Your cat loves it doesn't he?

SJ said...

I have some of that colorway in the stash as well, so thanks for giving me a preview of how it will knit up!

sula said...

Great socks--I'm so impressed with the way that colorway worked for you with no crazy pooling! And you know I love these pictures. Just like a cat--you can do whatever you want to him as long as he thinks it is to his benefit.

Lauralness said...

Great socks! I LOVE the colorway!

Kara said...

Oh, how patient is your cat?! Those socks are amazing. I am in love with those colors!

Laurie (Moo!) said...

The socks are beautiful and the "Vera" in my stash waves "HI!".

Your photo's would be great if Bug would just stop struggling. LOL.

littlebirdbigcity said...

I always love your pictures! Your cats are so comical. Great socks!

elizabeth said...

So THAT'S what it takes to get LL to stripe! 76 stitches and teeny tiny needles! They look great, and I bet they feel wonderful too!

hyeknitter said...

Those socks are beautiful - love that colorway.

Knittymuggins said...

Love the socks!! And of course the kitty photos ;)

Sorry things are so hectic, but I feel you on that one. Hope they slow down for you soon!

Have a great weekend :)

knittymuggins

mistress of fiber said...

Love the sox, adore the cat.... does Bugs ever have enough of it all? LOL

Nonnahs said...

They look great- gorgeous colorway!

Beth said...

Vulcan mind meld. LMBO! Lovely socks. I am a true sock fiend now. I can't stop knitting them.

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