Sunday, May 18, 2008

they're done. seriously.


It's a bittersweet thing, to take a WorkInProgress and officially mark it a FinishedObject. The actual process of knitting is what I enjoy most, and although I can now relish in having something to add to my wardrobe, I always take a little time to reflect after casting off.

It has become apparent to me that while I admire the skill and finery of a complex pattern, I'm finding that with all of the striping yarns I've been using lately, I would have preferred to knit a stockinette foot. I certainly wouldn't frog a whole sock (or even half of a sock), but I can't say the thought didn't cross my mind after the first of the Seriously? pair was finished.

The yarn is sKNITches Syncopation, which is a self-striping yarn. sKNITches makes it easy to have a perfectly mirrored pattern but I'll pass on my own little tip. When you are casting on the first sock, make your slip knot right where one color ends and another begins, also making note of the next color change. Write this down. For example, when I cast on, I wrote: "slknot @ point where blue fades to white, white continues on to gray".


Now if you look, this resulted in a single stripe of blue at the top of my socks. This is a result of the tail-end used in the cast on being blue -- you know, because of where the slip knot was placed. If you are even more anal than I am particular, you could instead make your slip knot a few inches into a color. In the example of the Seriously? colorway, I would have noted: "slknot @ __ inches into white segment; white continues to gray." Easy-peasy.

Have a wonderful week!

10 comments:

peaknits said...

Good tip on the slip knot, seriously :) The finished socks are gorgeous! I always revel a FO!

Wannabe said...

Seriously. These are SOOO cute.

a friend to knit with said...

oh, you are so good.
they are fantastic. SERIOUSLY!!! ( i just couldn't resist)
and week! where are you going? won't be back all week?

kim said...

Great socks. I'm sure they will become some of your most well-worn, go-to socks.

Hilary said...

Yep, I still love those colors! Thanks for the handy tip on working the self-striping yarn -- that will come in handy! I especially love the little stripe of blue at the top.

tiennie said...

Oh wow! These came out perfect!

Sandy said...

they are fantastic.

Lynette said...

what a perfect pair of socks! i can't wait to get my yarn.

Marcia said...

Those colors are such a great combo. I bet it made knitting the second one much more fun.

Sarah said...

Seriously cute. I really must finish mine!