Sockin’ Along

Lily has just announced Sugar ‘n Cream Twists, a marl/ragg version of their cotton. The color selection is small but respectable; I’ll have to keep an eye out for them around here.

I’ve been working on the Fluted Banister socks every time I go mall-walking. I can finish 1-2 inches in a hour, so it takes a while to knit both insteps. As of this weekend, I’ve started the second instep. It’s all stockinette, so I won’t bore you with pictures.

Some of you guessed correctly that my new socks in progress are the Mermaid Socks from Lucy Neatby’s Cool Socks, Warm Feet. The effect the Estonian Fishtail stitch pattern has on the self-striping yarn was a lucky bonus.

I liked the swirl so much that I decided to try reversing the direction of the swirl in the second sock (SSK, K2, YO, K2). It worked out pretty well, but I’m not sure I would do this again if I repeated this pattern. It’s one of these cases where the process knitter inside me will say, “I did that,” and move on.


Even the heels match! I was pleased by how the bands met up as I short-rowed through the heel.


I’ve managed to work through one instep and have started the other. My luck hasn’t held. I’m fairly sure I will have enough yarn to complete sock #1, but the status of sock #2 is unknown. I divided the skein into half before starting, and because I wanted the socks to match, I had to cut off about 3 or 4 stripe repeats in order to start the second sock at the correct spot.


In the picture above, you can see that I have 3 white and 3 blue stripes on the instep, before it ends with one brown. The second ball I have ends after the first matching blue stripe. I did save that bit I had to cut off earlier and there’s blue in there, and then green instead of brown.

Once I knit the second instep to the spot where the toe decreases would begin, I’ll weigh the remaining yarn and see how things look. If I can finish both pairs without having to substitute another yarn, the toes definitely won’t match. If there won’t be enough yarn to finish both socks, I have two or three different colors of Kroy in stash that might work.

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8 Responses to “Sockin’ Along”

  1. Guinifer Says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 9:24 am

    I do love those socks. So yummy.

  2. Jeanne Says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 11:55 am

    I love that you reversed the direction of the swirl! Those socks are going to look great, with matching toes or not.

  3. Connie Says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    I love those socks! I think that I will have to look up that pattern! Such a fun way to used the self striping yarn!

  4. Chris Says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    WOW – they are amazing! I have my fingers crossed for the toes…

  5. lisa Says:
    February 5th, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Those are great socks! You are so patient to make them match and reverse spiral!

  6. Nicole Says:
    February 6th, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Maybe you could supplement with another yarn to include a L on one and R on the other.

  7. Rina Says:
    February 7th, 2007 at 8:41 am

    your socks are awesome!

  8. mrspao Says:
    February 8th, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    I love your socks!

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Sock Count (Pairs)

  • 2009 ~ 2
  • 2008 ~ 7
  • 2007 ~ 18 (1 baby)
  • 2006 ~ 20 (14 adult)
  • 2005 ~ 2
  • 2004 ~ 5
  • 2003 ~ 1
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