Saturday, July 28, 2007


My Sockapalooza socks are finished! Unfortunately, they're also somewhat imperfect.
ll thenonious done
Pattern: Thelonious by Cookie A (size small, 64 stitches around)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, "Cedar," 2 skeins
Needles: size 1 (2.25 mm) DPNs
ll thelonious toes
Colorwise, they're fraternal twins! Normally I don't particularly mind when socks don't match perfectly. Being a fraternal twin myself, I have a great appreciation for differences in personality. However, when I'm giving socks away to a perfect stranger—a perfect stranger who knits—I want those socks to be as flawless as possible.

The two skeins I used were from the same dye lot, and they looked identical. I didn't notice the color difference until I was several inches into the leg of the second sock. If I were as much of a perfectionist as I think I am, I would have ripped out the first sock and then knit both socks by alternating between the two skeins. Honestly though, I didn't have the heart to frog a perfectly good sock. I hope my sock pal will understand.
ll thenonious heels
Yes, I know the socks don't look all that different in the photos. Trust me, though; in real life one sock is noticeably darker than the other. I have read that Lorna's Laces has a bit of a reputation for being inconsistent, even within dye lots, but this is the first time I've experienced it. My remaining skeins of Shepherd Sock have been banished to the stash to think about what they've done. I'm sure I'll forgive them very soon, though.

What can I say about the pattern? I still adore it. In the near future I will have a pair of my own. The pattern itself isn't difficult, but it does require one to pay attention to the chart. After several rounds, though, I found that the pattern becomes quite intuitive.
ll thelonious side
I may not be 100% happy with the green socks, but these perfectly plain socks make me perfectly happy.
ff leftover ankle socks
Yarn: Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Sock Yarn, "Brick House," 43 grams
Pattern: 64 stitch plain stockinette sock, 1-inch 2x2 ribbed cuff, slip stitch heel flap
Needles: size 0 (2.00 mm) DPNs

It's incredibly satisfying to knit an entire pair of socks (well ok, ankle socks) out of the leftover yarn from another pair of socks. (Note: Your mileage may vary. These two pairs of socks are for people with relatively small feet.) And if I had to choose, I would say that Brick House is still my favorite of Deb's sock colorways.


At 7/28/07, 5:27 PM, Blogger Emma said...

I dont think your pal will mind. They are gorgeous socks!

At 7/28/07, 7:43 PM, Blogger loribird said...

Every time I read a "Finished Sockapalooza" post, I have to wonder, "Ooo, are those mine???" So I was reading your whole post thinking, I can't see the color difference... what gorgeous socks, I really wouldn't mind...
But my feet are not small, relatively to anything. Durn. But they're awesome socks anyway!

At 7/28/07, 9:32 PM, Blogger Jeri said...

That different colored sock from the same dye lot is what just happened to me. I just hate it. I made an adjustment as soon as I noticed, but it just bugs me. I'm going to have to start paying attention after knitting an inch or two.

At 7/29/07, 4:24 AM, Blogger Angeluna said...

These are just lovely. If it REALLY bothers you, you could give them a quick "rinse" in dye to even them out. Perhaps even a tea bath (green tea?) would do the trick.

I have the pattern and goodness knows I have yarns to choose from. This one is close to the top of my list.

At 7/29/07, 11:11 AM, Anonymous Lynne E. said...

"Thelonius" is a beautiful pattern, but to my mind, your stockinette anklets are the star! Right now I'm knitting Anne Hanson's "Smokin' Socks" from Deb's wonderful "Brick House" colorway, and I'm enjoying every minute.

At 7/30/07, 9:58 PM, Blogger Jodi said...

They look beautiful! The colors look perfectly fine to me, at least in the photo. You are one fast sock knitter. :-)

At 7/31/07, 10:28 PM, Anonymous kelp! said...

I love these! I've never seen them from the top-down angle, and they're pretty cool. That Cookie can sure design a sock!

At 8/2/07, 1:34 PM, Blogger ~Kristie said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love both pairs of socks, but your Thelonious are beautiful! I'm sure your pal will love them too and since she's a knitter, she'll understand the color variation. It happens. If you'd given them to a muggle though, then it may have been an issue.

At 8/8/07, 8:43 PM, Blogger Knitted Bookworm said...

Guess what? Your pal LOVES the socks...because that's me! Maybe you are just lucky that you got a pal with slightly aged eyesight...I really don't see what you've been worrying about. I will enjoy the uniqueness of them! Thanks!

At 8/11/07, 10:05 PM, Blogger Kristen said...

Beautiful socks!! These might need to be added to my lists of projects! I'm glad your partner seems to love them.


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