Tuesday, September 4, 2007

the anatomy of a new sock

the august sotm club offering for theknitter has been sent so i can now show it to you. i named it "crazy over you" because i literally went "crazy" trying to find a pattern that would compliment the yarn and colorway. judy sent me some panda wool in "circus." no problem. i love panda wool! ah-h! variegated colors. oh, a slipped stitch pattern should be great. enter pattern #1. and yes, i stubbornly knit the sock almost to the toe before admitting that the pattern was TOO BUSY for the color. even my husband didn't like it and he almost never says anything.

so, i started another pattern with the second ball of yarn. another slipped stitch pattern (no, i was not going to give up with the slipped stitches yet). i got as far as half a leg before deciding that this was TOO BORING!! at this point, i frogged my first attempt back to the cuff. i still liked the cuff.

attempt #3: i thought maybe if i combined the exciting cuff from sock #1 with the simple leg from sock #2? knit all the way to the heel. NOPE! still too boring and i was not having fun. i feel that knitting should be fun. you know the feeling...you want to keep knitting just to see what happens next.

it was frog pond time AGAIN! i was ready to throw in the towel and tell judy that i just couldn't find anything to do justice to the yarn. but, stubborn i am! combing through the stitch pattern books, i finally found something else! and yes, it was a fun knit!

i proudly present attempt #4....

"crazy over you"

panda wool "circus" colorway
us 1.5 (2.5mm) needles
gauge 8 sts/inch in stockinette











and i mirrored the socks too. i am that way! see the toes?! you will be happy to know that the panda wool can be frogged an unmentionable number of times and will still look like new. it is that good! i swear that i must have knit at least 5 socks to get this one pair! but i think it's worth it!

of course, don't be surprised if you see attempt #1 or #2 show up in your mailbox sometime in the future. i have NOT given up.

eta: judy usually has extra kits available. just email her and let her know you want the august sotm kit.

11 comments:

holly said...

love them! really breaks up the color so there's no pooling--this just may be my next pair after the monkeys I currently have otn.

PurlingPirate said...

Love the new pattern!!! Awesome!!! I didn't look, do I have to be a member of their SOTM club to get it ro do they sell just the pattern?

danielle said...

Awesome final choice!! Well worth all the frog stitchin...

Katie K said...

Okay, I give up, which pattern did you choose?

adrienne said...

hi katie k!

i used the last "swatch" in the lower left hand corner for the pattern.

Rachel said...

That's a really clever design, and good for you for not giving up so easily! Love them!

Violiknit said...

Wow! That is such a gorgeous design!

Anne said...

I'm on Judy's every-other-month deal and keep missing your patterns (grr). I have to e-mail her and ask for this one, though-- it's gorgeous!!

BarbaraME said...

Hi Adrienne - I know my favorite socks of yours are always your latest pattern but wow! I'm wearing them today and love, love, love them. It knits up so fast but it's so interesting and fun. I hated to see it end. Thanks for another gorgeous design!

Bummer about SOS...

Timici said...

Hi, beautiful socks, I have this panda wool yarn in same color:) I would like to make a sock.:) If it possible would you be so kind to tell me the pattern? thanks in advance and congratulation to your works! hugs, Timici (http://timici.freeblog.hu)
mail:timea.kucsera@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

they are gorgeous! It's amazing just how much the stitch pattern together with the yarn, influences the final look of the sock. So many factors and decisions. Thanks for showing us your journey to getting the perfect 'fit'. ciao Kelcie