Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I'm in Love, Love, Love

If I could remember the rest of the song, I would add a little more, but for the life of me, I can't remember what comes next. All I remember is:

It's the summer of love, love, love
I got the feeling of love, love, love

You may be wondering what has me talking about all of this love stuff. Well let me show you these lovelies.

They are the Gentleman's Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks. Me oh my, they are among the most comfortable socks that I have made to date.

I did modify the pattern for the yarn I was using as well as working them from the toe up. I did three things differently this time though. I used the turkish cast on method for casting on which isn't much different than the figure-eight cast on. The needles felt a little wonky at first but the results from my perspective are better.

Did you notice the heel? It's not a short-row heel. If I didn't know that I knit the socks from the toe up, I would have thought that they were knit the other way around. The heel is something that I have been wanting to try ever since I had read about it over at Cara's. I don't know why it took me so long to try it, actually I do. I think I was thinking that it was going to be a lot harder and more complex to do than the short-row heel, which it wasn't.

The final thing that I did differently was the cast-off. While I was working on these socks, Cookie A.'s Knitty Gritty episode aired. She had mentioned that the sewn bind-off was among the stretchiest of bind-offs. I tried it and well can I say...LOVE.

This next picture is courtesy of B.

I wansn't going to post this pic, but after seeing and reading about other people's injuries recently (Stephen, Scout, Melissa), I thougth that I'd add to it.

Whenever our kids have injured themselves hubby and I take a picture. Why? I don't know we just do. While I was talking to K, B comes upto me with the camera and takes the pic. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

If you think this is bad, you should see my shin where the softball took a bad hop and nailed me. Not only is the shin bruised but it also has a lump and you can see the seam from the softball.


Jean said...

Are you thinking of the B-52's song "Summer of Love?"

Thanks for giving the links to doing a toe-up heel like that. I like the concept of toe-up socks, especially when you're not sure how far you can make the yarn go. But I find short row heels tricksy and false. I'm looking forward to giving these heels a try.

You can see the seam from the softball in your shin bruise???!!? Ouch!

Sachi said...

OMG, those socks are awesome!

Becka the Spoiled Knitter said...

Loving the sock...not so much the bruise OUCH!
You know, as many socks as I have knit, I've not yet done a toe up sock! I cast on and begin (recently to design for dh) and go with the familiar, knit in my sleep sock! I must knit toe ups after this designing is done...they look so fun! LOL, I have no idea which heel I'll do...pgr's I think, I go for her's with regular socks, as you said, there are gads to try!

shadowlands said...

Oooh! Pretty! I love the socks! When I grow up, I want to knit a pair just like them!

Woman who knits said...

Love those socks! I have Cookie's Knitty Gritty DVRed and haven't given it my full attention since the almost 3 year old rather scream during the episode!! I can't wait to watch it.

Sorry about your arm!

Wendy said...

You definitely do NOT have daikon legs! Your calves and ankles look so svelte. I need to take some photo tips from you...