I spy…

… two very large tigers!

RailraodRibTiger.jpg

These are the largest pair of socks I’ve knit to date, a Men’s US 12. They were too big for my size L blockers. I actually tried to show this in the photo above, but things slipped around a little bit, and I lost that effect.

Anyway, I finally understand why the Tiger colorway is so popular. It’s really pleasing to the eye and could appeal to most people. I didn’t realize it from looking at pictures online or the manufacturer pictures, but the orange striping varies in color. There are two additional thin stripes, but they’re caramel and butterscotch. That gives for both a pretty and a realistic effect.

I very nearly ripped out the second heel because the stripes were not matching up, but it worked out well enough in the end. The toes don’t match either, but the leg and instep stripes match quite well. I told myself it wasn’t the time to drive myself crazy! ;)

RailroadRibReverseSt.jpg

The pattern is based on Railroad Rib by Evelyn A Clark, a Fiber Trends pattern. It has a very subtle effect, which I thought was a little bit lost on this yarn, actually. It didn’t have the “pop” I wanted, but the inside did! So I simply knit the legs as usual, then turned them inside-out before starting the heels. In the picture above, the “wrong side” is on the left, which I used for the outside, and the “right side” is on the right. Both are appealing for different reasons.

RailraodRibInsideOutside.jpg

The Tiger stripes also look good on the reverse stockinette side, don’t you agree?

In other gift knitting news, I did finish the Parrot socks on Sunday night. I started the entrelac Zebra socks and am nearly finished with the third tier. The stripes are knitting up exactly as I hoped, so I’m pleased. I’m now off work until January 2 next year! I’ll be busy knitting socks as fast as I can, but unless I get someone to drive them up north this weekend, I think they’ll arrive a day late traveling through the mail. Not ideal, but as long as they’re not days or weeks late, I’m happy.

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5 Responses to “I spy…”

  1. Chris Says:
    December 21st, 2006 at 8:40 am

    You’re knitting an entire zoo! :) They turned out great – the ribbing on the left looks a lot like the stitch pattern in Kristi the Fiber Fool’s Flatiron socks.

  2. beth Says:
    December 21st, 2006 at 10:48 am

    Great job on the socks! The patterning really does look like a tiger.

  3. Jeanne Says:
    December 21st, 2006 at 11:09 am

    Great socks!

  4. moirae Says:
    December 21st, 2006 at 11:16 am

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Opal decided to publish more animal patterns?

    How about flamingo, ostritch or emu? Monkeys, lions and bears all live at the zoo too.

    Nice socks!

  5. Guinifer Says:
    December 21st, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    Oh! Puck would totally love those tiget socks – in a size 6, of course! What yarn did you use for those????

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