Monday, August 14, 2006

Opal Ladybug Socks

Project Info
Pattern: Simple Sock (2x2 rib)
Book - Socks Soar on Circular Needles
Designed by Cat Bordhi
Yarn: Opal (100g)
Color - Ladybug
Needles: addi TURBO -US# 1/2.5mm
Gauge: 9.5 stitches/inch

After the Rock and Weaves were finished, I was ready to start a new pair of socks and went in search of the needles I wanted. I found them, but they were already occupied. They were in still in my first 2 socks 2 circs project. I was using a different yarn for each sock. One out of the Opal Ladybug and the other out of a self-striping Online yarn. I was into the foot of the first mismatched pair when I set it aside back in April. I had decided I didn't really want both pair of the socks to end up in the 2x2 ribbing I was doing.

Since I wanted the needles, I had to decide on the existing project. I figured I ought to do something a little different with the Online. Maybe a pair of jaywalkers or one of the chevron patterns from Sensational Knitted Socks. So, I put the Online sock on stitch holders and finished a pair out of Opal. I finally got the Opal socks complete last night. The Online pair will have to wait in limbo for a little while. I'm headed back to the initial intended project.

The hardest part of socks for me is always grafting the toe closed. But I am getting better and the toes are starting to look better. I found some instructions with pictures and that has really helped The instructions are by Mary Ann Beatie and available on her Queen Kahuna Creations website. She also has some instructions for casting on for toe up socks that I'm going to try next.

I'm surprised that I have so much yarn leftover. I still have 32 grams out of the original 100. I don't know if I've ever had quite that much leftover before. Maybe that would be enough for a pair of anklets. I I've been thinking of making a blanket out of my leftover superwash sock yarn too. The blanket would be something knit in squares or long strips and then bound together. What do you do with your leftover sock yarn.


Angela said...

Love the ladybug socks. Did you get this Opal yarn locally? If so, you have to tell me where. These are cool!


trek said...

Hey, I have a skein of that yarn. So glad to see it knit up so nicely!

Bezzie said...

I love the lady bugs!! And very good question what does one do with leftover sock yarn? I've been wondering the same thing

michelle said...

hey! i made a pair almost exactly like those. just curious, do you attend any local snb's or meetups? i've been looking for something in the raleigh/apex area.

AmyArtisan said...

The socks look great! I just picked up the book this weekend at Stitches Midwest - had a quick class on the method in May & am ready to get going with it!

Mom said...

Love-love-love the socks!! Color is great. You're getting speedy.
Can you use a quilt pattern to use up the extra sock yarn? I'm sure Sherman would love it!

Zonda said...

What Trek said! hehe I too have a skein of that yarn! Yours came out great! Now the free needle(s)! I just read a blog where she is using sock yarn for a log cabin blanket. Could be an interesting idea!

Dipsy said...

Gosh, I really love these socks, the colorline is just so pretty! Great job!

Sarah said...


I'm going to try the toe up socks next too. Let us know how it goes!

I like the colors too. Can't wait to get my own Opal!