Yes, it’s a zoo

In more ways than one… I’ve neglected much of my holiday preparation except knitting. Today, I will have to start focusing on gift wrapping, addressing cards (late!) and helping Mom decorate the tree.

Chris mentioned that I was knitting a zoo. How very true. Another way to look at it is as a Noah’s Ark, since I am knitting pairs of each animal. :)

I’ve got pictures, but they aren’t the best—the sun has gone temporarily into hibernation.

First up are the poky Flamingo socks (using the BMFA Rockin’ Sock Club pattern, Hippy Crunchy):

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(This picture actually is about two weeks old. Since then, I’ve finished the heel and instep on the second sock.) The pattern end result is lovely, but the lace makes for slow knitting. Plus, I had a problem with a broken needle, but thankfully, Moirae generously sent me her spare 2.5mm DPNs (thank you ever so much!). At the end of every lace row, I have to count stitches and make sure I’m still on track. But it does get easier with repetition.

Then I’ve also got some Parrots for you:

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This yarn was challenging to match with a pattern, because it’s so colorful. But I’m happy with SockBug’s Negative Bricks Socks (a free PDF pattern), which I found on my second try.

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I love how the color changes with the slip stitch pattern on the legs. But at the same time, I prefer the plain stockinette. In fact, the bands of aqua-yellow-red stripes remind me of Froot Loops!

And finally, how about some… uh… mutant Zebras?

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This is a fun pattern, “A Step Above” from a Knitter’s a year or two ago. I need to find my copy for the details. I love the textured rib used in the entrelac. There are only 48 stitches on these socks for a women’s medium, but it’s wonderfully stretchy and fits well. The zig-zags or optical-illusion stripes are really fun too.

That bit of orange yarn you see in the above picture is where the heel will go in later. I think it would be fun to use the same technique to put in a thumb for mittens or similar hand gear someday.

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6 Responses to “Yes, it’s a zoo”

  1. Jennifer Says:
    December 24th, 2006 at 10:05 am

    I love all your socks! Have a peaceful and joyous holida!y

  2. Connie Says:
    December 24th, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Your socks are great! I really like the entrelac socks! I am working on entrelac mittens – the pattern is from 3 Kittens. I have made 1 pair of socks from the tiger stripes – my children remind me that I owe the other 2 their pairs of socks yet…

  3. moirae Says:
    December 24th, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    I love the zebra entrelac. That’s so funky!

  4. Chris Says:
    December 25th, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, the zebra entrelacs are REALLY cool.

  5. Guinifer Says:
    December 26th, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    Wow, tons of awesome socks. I want to be you when I grow up!

  6. Nicole Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 9:41 am

    What fun! I saw a few of those animals while I was in Animal Kingdom. So many socks. I’m sure they were all well received.

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