Wednesday, March 7, 2007

two little monkeys jumping on the bed

well, i felt bad for my lonely only monkey, so i started the mate. see?

i had to redo the cuff because i didn't write down how many rounds i'd used and i misread my knitting. DUH! but i have a start. my sil's birthday is not until the end of may so i have plenty of time to get this pair done. this is a good thing because i got a package yesterday from susan at crystal palace yarns. she was returning the socks i knit as samples for the trade show in san diego. AND she also included...

these beauties for me to play with.

panda cotton in blueberry grape & rosewater/panda wool in rosewater & lacquer red
the colors are brighter in the cotton blend

i will be doing some sock designs for them. i hate to tell you what happened to the second monkey sock. did i tell you my sil's birthday is at the end of may?! i am SO weak.

i am about ready to send my pattern off to swtc. the yarn "bloomed" a bit after washing. i had a pre-wash gauge of 9 sts per inch. with tofutsies, i would recommend that you knit your socks a bit smaller than you want. my wonky looking stitches evened out after washing. here are some photos of the completed socks.

tofutsies in "stand on your own two feet"
2.5mm needles/8 sts per inch after washing
the sock on the left is 72 stitches and the sock on the right is 64 stitches.

here is a close-up of the pattern.

See! i do too knit socks in pairs! oh! they have to be the SAME size?