Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Look: socks

My meeting with my advisor is tomorrow, and my "clever" titles have abandoned me. Alas, alack, and woe is me. (Anyone want to hear about the Plantagenet kings of England and their relation to medieval Welsh literary conceptions of King Arthur and Charlemagne? Because _that_ I can talk about! Sheesh.)

There has been a very little sock progress. I think i may actually have been comatose for the entire Labor Day long weekend - we visted the BikeJerk's aunt and uncle in Connecticut, and it turns out that they may actually dwell in the Land of Nod. In a good way. I haven't been so relaxed in a long time!

Anyway. These are my River Rapids socks (by Sockbug), in Yarn Pirate's merino sock yarn. It's the Rum Runner colorway from the Booty Club. I haven't posted about belonging to the Booty club because I'm pretending to myself that I didn't join it (and because I can't take those luscious pictures of yarn that some people can). On the first day of her sign-ups I went over there, all innocent, just to check out how much it cost, and somehow I blanked out and lost several minutes, and now I get these cute packages with pretty yarn inside. I wonder how that happened?! ;)

Seeing this top photo, I'm sure someone out there is saying 'Ugh. She walked away from the Baudelaires in variegated yarn, but she stuck with this?!' And I say, but look:

I am just in lust with these socks. I love the waving texture of the pattern (which I think I'll probably do again in a solid yarn), and the yarn is just so jewel toned, I can't look away! Look at that Eye of Partridge heel. You can't say that's not just lovely in this colorway!

And to close, another walk down memory lane. These are (I'm mostly sure) the very first socks I ever made - in fact, they're the reason I learned, about 7 years ago, to knit socks!:

They're from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks. I'm not sure why I was so obsessed with them at the time, but I have to love them since they got me started knitting socks, right? They're pretty good for first socks - all in one piece - though they're knit so tight I think they could stand on their own.

I hadn't thought about these socks for ages, but this is one of those examples of how nice Ravelry is - a relatively new sock knitter asked me a few questions about socks, which led to me pulling these things out of wherever they were hiding and recalling my sockly origins. Yay!

10 comments:

Shannan said...

Both pairs of socks look great!

bookwoman said...

Very impressive first pair. And the River Rapids look great!

Beth said...

The close up photo of the socks is wonderful. Sometimes it's just hard to get decent photos of patterns in variegated yarn.

Lovely socks!

Carole Knits said...

I think the River Rapids look great in that variegated yarn. And those Nancy Bush socks are fabulous.

Karen said...

I think they look great, and you're right, the eye of partridge heel is perfect in that yarn.

Worsted Knitt said...

Wow, those were your first socks?!? Wonderful! And the heel on the other sock is marvellous, true.

peaknits said...

Sockly origins?! Love that. I really love the Yarn Pirate socks - wow - the pattern is awesome, nice job! I can't believe those were your first socks when I consider my own first pathetic stockinette pair:)

knittygurl said...

Yup, I'm in awe! Those Nancy Bush socks are incredible! And I love the River Rapids in the varigated yarn as well :)

Zarzuela said...

The new socks are beautiful! And the old ones are pretty good looking too. Definitely a very ambitious first sock project!

Jessica

Joan said...

Fabulous eye of partridge heel!