Spring Sock Drama

Exhibit A


Exhibit B


Can you believe these socks were knit from the same skein? Yep! Basically, I knit the first sock from one end of the skein, and the second from the other end.


I chose the March pattern from Sockamania Club KAL, and I’m happy with how they turned out. For the insteps, I omitted the cables, and reduced the stitch count and gauge for a firmer, snugger fabric. I absolutely love how the smaller size from the pattern groups two columns together by using one purl stitch instead of two. Admittedly, this annoyed me at first because I couldn’t get into a rhythm… K2P2K2P2, no wait, go back!


I love to mirror the designs on my socks whenever possible. This time, I not only switched around the cable hotspots, but also mirrored the twists.


This project came about when I volunteered to test a yarn for Allison of SSYC. It was definitely an interesting experience, not only because of the color difference already mentioned above, but also because I apparently got a bad skein, with several ply repairs in it. Ouch! The review is here; turns out that the yarn is a new line from Farmhouse Yarns – Fannie’s Fingering Weight. Thanks for the opportunity, Allison! : )

Pattern: “Simply Cables” by Anni Design, March 2008 Sockamania Club KAL Size: Women’s Medium Yarn: Farmhouse Yarns – Fannie’s Fingering Weight – Confetti, 100g Needles: Crystal Palace US 1 (2.25 mm) and Takumi Clover US 0 (2 mm) DPNs Started: March 12, 2008 Completed: March 23, 2008  Token Progress: 2 of 7

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12 Responses to “Spring Sock Drama”

  1. lisa Says:
    April 11th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Nice job on the socks, esp the mirrored cables! Too bad about the vast difference in color.

  2. Opal Says:
    April 11th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I find it amazing that those socks came from the same skein. Still, they’re beautiful!

  3. Dave Says:
    April 12th, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Very nice, but yes, one does wonder about the colour difference. Seems to be a fairly frequent occurrence in the handpainted yarn. I do really like how they have a watercolour effect, though — very cool.

  4. Nicole Says:
    April 12th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    The pattern is great but it looks like the second one was left out in the sun too long. Maybe you could over-dye them to make them more similar?

  5. Guinifer Says:
    April 12th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Well, that’s just bizarre – one sock has coral bits in it and the other has violet bits in it!

  6. Chris Says:
    April 12th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    That is so odd! I do like your mods to that sock pattern.

  7. Tanya Says:
    April 13th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    No and yes. No, they don’t look like they are from the same skein, but, yes, I believe it. They really are great socks, though. I like your idea of going down a needle size for the foot. That is always the part that stretches and doesn’t fit quite right shortly after putting them on.

  8. Jeanne Says:
    April 13th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    It is very hard to believe those came from the same skein. The difference is amazing. I haven’t done that March pattern yet, but when I do I think I’ll use your mods.

  9. OzKnitter Says:
    April 14th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Pretty, but man what a colour difference.

  10. mrspao Says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 8:19 am

    They turned out beautifully!

  11. Knitaledoos Says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Thats really cool that they did that…so long as is doesn’t bother you too badly. But those socks look great irregardless.

  12. Rina Says:
    April 16th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    that’s just weird that both socks came from the same skein. really?

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