Monday, October 29, 2007

17th pair's a charm...



They're my 17th pair, so hopefully I've got this sock knitting thing down! Without a doubt these are not only my favorite socks, but are my favorite project from the past year.



Autumn Toes:


yarn: Wollmeise, Spice Market colorway


pattern: Elongated Corded Rib in "Sensational Knitted Socks"


needles/gauge: Knit Picks 2.25 dpns at approx. 10.5 sts/inch


As you might be able to see, I'm a tight sock knitter and the gauge (approx. 10ish sts/in) is dense. I used to knit with 2.25 Crystal Palace bamboo needles-- but switching over to KP has been fantastic. Dare I say, a revolutionary change in my sock knitting? I'm finally able to knit as tight as I want without breaking or severely bending needles!


The Spice Market colorway was such an unexpected joy to knit with. Last summer I ordered five skeins of Wollmeise Sock Yarn in a combined order with friends. I hate to say it, but the Spice Market skein was not my favorite of the bunch. So, I thought I'd knit it up first. As the sock took form, I absolutely adored how the color knit up. Claudia's hue combination is great-- she's a dying genious. I just love the cumin, saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, and curry all mixed together. Over time, I found that even if you're not attracted to a specific color or combination, her dye work makes you totally fall for it. I've never seen dyework like hers before.

Claudia's yarns have become wildly popular since that order. If you're looking to buy a skein or two, watch her weekend updates like a hawk. According to the Wollmeiseholics Anonymous discussion board on Ravelry, he most recent sale on 2/9/08 sold out in 15 minutes!


The pattern used is a simple eyelet rib from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch -- Elongated Corded Rib. I thought a simple pattern would be the best way to showcase the color. A touch of calf shaping at the top, and an eye of the partridge heel were the only adjustments made.


Go on-- knit yourself a pair!

14 comments:

Allegra said...

Beautiful! Great job! The colorway is so perfect for this time of year!

Miss T said...

Those are really beautiful! But you know, I didn't see anything wrong with the rest of your socks.

renee said...

What the hell? You've knit a lot of very attractive socks. Although these are exceptionally beautiful. I'm sure you're going to win The Yarnery contest.

Guinifer said...

It's hard to go wrong with the Wollmeise, but really, your socks are stunning without exception! Hmmph. Your friend needs to see my socks!!!

Amy said...

I've seen lots of socks on your blog and have never seen a pair I wouldn't be proud and thrilled to wear. These included.

Would you like to know when my birthday is? :-)

Elemmaciltur said...

And they are gorgeous!

Deb Maves said...

They're gorgeous, Deb. Good luck at the Yarnery!

Kitt said...

Some "friend"!

Pretty socks!

November said...

So incredibly gorgeous! I think they're the prettiest socks I've ever seen!

MonkeyKnits said...

Mmmm... Yummy socks! The colors and the pattern work well together. Brava!

limedragon :-: Harriet said...

They are gorgeous, I love the pattern stitch with this colorway!

Stacey said...

those are beautiful!!!!

Olga said...

oh yeah, very stylish socks and I love your shoes too! Some day, I too, will get my mitts on some wollmeise and have the perfect pair of socks....

Olga said...

Oh, I forgot but can I steal your fibertarians button? I just love that!