Thursday, July 24, 2008

a series of unfortunate events

Well not so much as a series as just one unfortunate event: I ran out of yarn when I was 85% of the way through the pair of Snicket Socks, way back in April.

Sarah graciously dyed up another skein of Suri Alpaca/BFL as close as she could get to the original, who's colorway name was "Bobbing for Apples". The new skein, "Not Quite Bobbing", arrived late last week, and I was able to finish the second sock yesterday.

Yes, there is a completely obvious difference in hue. And yes, the reds don't photograph the same every time. But I'm still in love. The socks are so soft, and very warm, and I can picture lounging around the house in jeans, a tee, and these socks come winter. And if I want to be super anal, I could go back and buy that pair of shoes I walked away from at the sale last week, as the toe box would hide the mishap ... Then I could wear them out and about with nary a glance.


The pattern is from the obsolete Mag Knits website, but if you're on Ravelry, you can download the PDF or save it to your Ravelry pattern library. It's a well-done pattern, and though I ran into a few hiccups, they were so little that even I could figure them out! I did make the heel modifications that I'd seen on iSeL's Snickets, and that was easy, too. But really, here's my advice: don't believe from the pattern that it will only take you 230 yards to fashion your own pair of Snickets. The pattern does state that the yardage is correspondent to a women's US 7 shoe, and I wear a 10, but it took a total of 360 yards for my pair. Most other Ravelers have used quite a bit more than the pattern suggests as well, so there's my warning to you.


These socks were my opus, until I ran out of yarn. I still really, really, really like them, but they don't quite sing the same tune they once did. I have a feeling you may see more Snickets from me. Especially ones similar to these, or these, or these...

17 comments:

Anita said...

I am in love! Even with the mishap they are lovely. And those Born shoes. Hmmm, I might have to run out immediately.

kerstin said...

I think they look great. But are you *sure* you want to run away from those shoes? ;)

Jane said...

Love the socks! Where have I been with this pattern? Going over to add to my pattern library. I'm always in awe at how fast you knit up your socks!

Wannabe said...

FREAKING GORGEOUS...toe box difference and all. And um, you need to go buy those Born shoes. Holy cute.

affectioknit said...

They're very pretty - I love the heel!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Now that I am all dialed in with ravelry I'll have to look up that pattern. Looks good!

peaknits said...

Gorgeous socks in spite of the unfortunate events:) The heel is fabulous! And those shoes - LOVE!!

ktb38 said...

Love the socks!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

I absolutely love these socks!! Gorgeous!! Who cares about a little difference in dye color!!

And you should definately get the Borns...just because then we can be twinsies!! I got them :) in a half size larger for my socks no less!! My name is Carrie and I am a sock knitter.....hehehhehee!

Philigry said...

I love them....just as they are.

Hilary said...

If they were absolutely perfect, they'd be no fun! I love that the one toe has a different color -- it gives the socks a story. I think they look awesome with your existing black maryjanes....and I think you should go buy the new shoes, too. :)

a friend to knit with said...

they really are so beautiful. even with the mishap.
and the born shoes. i think they are a must. maybe for me. :)
and yes. i see you in a pumpkin colored pair for the fall. :)

a friend to knit with said...

oh! i forgot to tell you....i love your new header!

Alison Boon said...

Them socks were made for walking, definitely. They look quirky and cute with the different hues.

Stephanie said...

Those socks are really cute, even with the different colored toe. The heel flap modifications look great too!

Munchkins and Music said...

Living up here in AK I am a HUGE fan of nice warm socks. Those look toasty and cute! Wow, love the detail work.

Sandy said...

Oh, how your socks inspire me!! And your baking too, for that matter.
I love this one, and you always photograph them so well (which is no small feat).