The project I worked feverishly on for most of last week? A new pair of socks!
(Yes, these are newish shoes, too. They are Skechers Best Girl Clout in the black/gray flannel fabric. Alas, it looks like this color is sold out, and only brown is left.)
The socks are quite plain, aren’t they? I used 6×2 rib for the cuffs, and the heels and insteps are nothing but simple stockinette in a humble cream color.
The surprise? Okay, okay! Here you go!
I built the socks around the Bohus Blue Shimmer cuffs from my class last month. I wanted the bands around my ankles rather than at the tops, to allow for peeks and glimpses of the lovely patterning below my jeans or pant hems.
I didn’t start the cuffs originally with the plan of converting them into socks, but once I started thinking about what to do with them, I knew I wanted some! I frogged what I had started in class and started a new set with a provisional cast-on, so I could work the socks downwards and upwards as needed.
Once I had finished both cuffs (so much fun!), I got the white Dale Baby Ull I had in stash to see if it would work with the Blue Shimmer colors. While the combination would have worked just fine, I felt that the sharp white was just a bit too bright of a contrast to the blue shades and fuzzy angora. So, I checked at 3 Kittens to see if they had the off-white in stock, and they did! I think the softer white complements the Bohus patterning very well. Here’s a picture comparing the two shades. Which one would you have picked? :)
I’m tempted to get more wrist cuff kits so I can make other, similar socks. If I ever do that, I would probably shorten the plain borders by half and use stockinette instead of garter stitch.
Pattern: “Blue Shimmer Cuffs into Socks” original design by Anna-Lisa Mannheimer Lunn, adapted by Solveig Gustaffson, and made into socks by yours truly Size: Women’s 9; 64 st cuffs Yarn: Blue Shimmer cuff kit with SOLsilke Bohus Yarn and Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull, 0020 Cream, most of 2 skeins Needles: Susan Bates Silvalume US 0 (2 mm) and Crystal Palace US 1 & 1.5 (2.25-2.5 mm) DPNs Started: February 5, 2009 Completed: February 14, 2009 (Ravel this project!)