Good-bye Winter!

A bit overdue, but here are some details and photographs of my recently completed wintery socks.

They are basic toe-up socks. I used the fan toe technique from Queen Kahuna CreationsCrazy Toes and Heels book. I really like how it looks and feels.


The heels, as previously mentioned, gave me some problems, always ending up too small. Ultimately, I referred again to Queen Kahuna’s book for a combination short-row and gusset-heel-flap heel that worked very well.


I love these socks and the extra fuss was worth it. It’s also my first time using Fortissima. I found it very similar to Opal, but perhaps just a tad more splitty (most noticeable when working the short-rows). The colors are beautifully saturated, which is different from Opal’s ’stonewashed’ colors. The Fortissima also softened after washing, but I experienced a few itchy twinges when I wore them yesterday.


Pattern: none Size: Women’s medium Yarn: Schoeller & Stahl Fortissima Colori/Socka Color Mexiko Evolution, 501 Silber/Silver Needles: Inox Grey US 0 (2mm) and US 1 (2.25mm) DPNs Started: March 14, 2007 Completed: April 4, 2007

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14 Responses to “Good-bye Winter!”

  1. Jeanne Says:
    April 17th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    The socks look great, as always. Thanks for the link to Crazy Toes and Heels

  2. Kristen Says:
    April 17th, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    That toe looks really fabulous. I’ve been resisting the Queen Kahuna book, but I might have to get it just to see what’s in there.

  3. Janice in GA Says:
    April 17th, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    That’s a great colorway — the socks look really nice!

  4. Chris Says:
    April 17th, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Really cool colorway and, of course, wonderful socks. Intriguing toe and heel techniques. Hmm…

  5. Bev Says:
    April 18th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    I’ve also heard good things about Queen Kahuna and now to see the evidence is great. Another great pair of socks. I’m always happy to find another sock lover like myself.

  6. Guinifer Says:
    April 18th, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Love the colorway. The heel looks really sharp.

  7. Opal Says:
    April 18th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Gorgeous socks. The extra fuss was definitely worth the effort!

  8. Becky Says:
    April 19th, 2007 at 12:50 am

    Great looking socks. I like Queen Kahuna’s techniques, but wish I had some shortened directions that were easier to follow.

  9. mrspao Says:
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Cute socks :)

  10. Jennifer Says:
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:26 am

    Beautiful socks! There’s a combo short row and heel flap option? Oooo… So you recommend the booklet?

  11. Guinifer Says:
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Hey! I was just listening to the SSK Podcast and they were talking about you!!!

  12. Kristi aka Fiber Fool Says:
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    They look great! I really should order that book one of these days…

  13. Guinifer Says:
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Hey – I don’t have Haloscan so I can’t e-mail in response to comments so I thought I’d answer you on your blog.

    I LOVE the mad weave. It’s a really easy 8 row repeat and I love how it’s working out in that Vesper yarn. I probably won’t carry the pattern down through the foot though because it makes a really thick fabric.

  14. Sydney Says:
    April 22nd, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Nice socks! I’ve knit several socks with Fortissima yarn. So far they wear very well.

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