19 May 2008

ivy league sock

one Hedera, aloft

Da da! We have hand dyed sock!

one Hedera

The sock is Hedera from Knitty to be specific. It's my first attempt at lace knitting and despite my mistakes (multi hued yarn is great for hiding errors) I'm very pleased. (Although if I knitted the pattern again I'd make the socks longer).

Hedera is also the botanical name for that bane of my garden, ivy. The lace pattern is supposed to resemble ivy climbing up one's leg I imagine.

Let's take a closer look.

Hedera sock, lace detail

Hmmm, I'm not sure I can see it.

However the name comes from the ancient Greek meaning to twist and turn (as do the tendrils of ivy around my poor strangled trees) and the pattern certainly does that. The lace pattern itself is a four-row repeat; perfect for beginning lacemakers such as myself and quite simple to memorise. Not that I ever really trusted myself. I kept the chart close by at all times.

The yarn is my own hand dyed (dyed at the last Craft Retreat and blogged here) and I am absolutely thrilled at the way it knitted up; it's just as I'd pictured it.

When I was grafting the toe I happened to be wearing a green lambswool jumper and the mister exclaimed at how vibrant the reds and pinks looked against the green. (I've told him before to not say a word to me when I'm grafting but luckily I was able to [temporarily] ignore him until I'd finished. I remember when I first learnt how to graft, the instructions I was following said "First lock yourself in a quiet room away from children, husbands and tv." Sound advice indeed).

Anyway this morning I found a big green cardigan at the op shop, so I'm going to knit a scarflette from the remainder of the sock yarn and be vibrant this winter.

one cold foot

After I've defeated Second Sock Syndrome, that is.

35 comments:

innercitygarden said...

They are lovely, and just the right amount of vibrant, not fluro or so bright you can't face them in the morning. I'm afraid I can only be jealous of 'second sock syndrome', I currently suffer 'first sock sydrome'.

I keep pulling it out and starting again. Really, it's just a basic rib and it shouldn't be this hard.

ludwiglk said...

OOOh beautiful!!! I have to tell you I am in love with the hem of your dress/skirt/nightgown, though. And if it is a nightdress, I'd wear it as day wear. I would.

Laura Jane said...

Ahh yes, the dreaded second sock syndrom - but what an incentive - if they turn out like THAT!!!!

You vibrant dyer/knitter/blogger you!

ALso loving the lacey underskirt/petticoat action.

Lesley said...

Oh that looks wonderful! I've been working out in my brain how to make self-striping sock yarn with fake fair-isle effect, so I may give that a go fairly soon.
I think you refer to the same online instructions for grafting as I do — I remember that caution! Why is it that no matter how many times I do it, ! still need instructions for grafting?

blackbird said...

I don't know a thing about socks - I'm sure that you are an extraordinary sock knitter...I happen to be in love with your skirt and petticoat.

Elizabeth said...

We'd never have known there was only the one!
We were distracted by the colour and the scenery and the petticoat.
My grafting always turns out badly and leaves me cranky.

tut-tut said...

Some people seem to be able to knit two socks at the same time, I'm told! Beautiful pattern, especially poking out below that petticoat.

Jen said...

What a beautiful sock! And no gusset hole. Very impressive!

herhimnbryn said...

Great sock. That last pic.......great petticoat. But just reassure me....you haven't got a pinny on, a basket in the crook of your arm and a long red cloak about your shoulders? ;)

telfair said...

OH the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome, how I loathe it.

Lovely new sock, though, the yarn is particularly beautiful.

telfair said...

OH the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome, how I loathe it.

Lovely new sock, though, the yarn is particularly beautiful.

Kylie said...

Love the socks! I have sock envy - think I will have to do something about that!

Janet said...

must be the twistiness, it is a gorgeous sock. I am in awe of your sock knitting ability and a mite jealous of your green cardy score without even seeing it. Am very much thinking about greens and pinks this winter....

Blossom said...

love love love that wool!!
and the patttern is great!!!

I am making some simple easy basic bedsocks on straight needles....but I do see some socks in my future..
wish me luck!!!

katiecrackernuts said...

Bravo. It looks brilliant and if it was me, I'd be leaving it at that. Mission accomplished. I love the colours of the wool, isn't it a buzz when the envisaged colour actually becomes a reality.

Jodi said...

Gorgeous! I must admit I don't really see the "ivy" in the pattern either, but I love the lace. Your hand-dyed yarn turned out wonderfully.

Stacey said...

That is one beautiful sock. I love the pattern, the yarn - all of it.
I too suffer second sock syndrome and am currently considering lopping off a foot to conquer it.

Stomper Girl said...

Fancy having a husband that exclaims at how vibrant the reds and pinks look against the green. Most impressive. The sock is gorgeous, I insist you start work immediately on its partner.

h&b said...

Meanwhile I cannot draw my eyes away from the gorgeous skirt with the petticoat trim ...

( looks good with the sock too ! :)

shula said...

Ivy.

Hate that stuff.

Magnificent socks.

belinda said...

Love the yarn, love the sock- you are a knitting maestro!
Like Janet, I too am a little jealous of the green cardigan:)

JuicyFig said...

wow, the sock is lovely! I have huge admiration for sock knitters! and what a bonus when you dyed the wool as well!
I have knit just one sock in my life, four years ago, that second sock syndrome can be a real pain!

Kath
x

greedynan said...

If I had lovely feet like yours I wouldn't cover them up with socks no matter now beautiful the socks were.

MsCellania said...

I love your skirt and petticoat!
Almost as much as I love your new sock.
Tomorrow it may hit 90 degrees here. It snowed less than a week ago. Oy.

tamara said...

Lovely sock! Would never have known it was the only one if you hadn't said...

...and your feet, one be-socked, one not, peeping prettily out from under that skirt arrangement: poetry for the eyes.

Victoria said...

It's such a pretty sock. I find the idea of a big green opshop cardigan paired with the vibrant
future-scarf very pleasing.

Molly said...

I recently saw on Thimbleanna's blog that one can knit two socks at the same time [if one is willing to trawl through some convoluted instructions!] Sounded like the ONLY way to knit socks to me....Love, love, love your yarn! Your toes and your petticoat aren't bad either...

Daisy said...

I agree with Molly. "I think I could only knit the two at the same time to make sure I finish the project" says one who looks at Master 10mths jumper front sitting by the wayside. I'm glad I decided to go the size 2-3- He just might get to wear it!

Eleanor said...

Hi Suse!
I just knitted my first sock, I hope you like it!
Your sock inspired me!

meggie said...

That is a Princess of a sock!! The colour is truly wonderful, & I love the pattern.

paula said...

I knit a sock once. Unfortunalty, I realized I am a sock Don't. You are a WONDERFUL sock Do and now with the lovely dying too!

Beautiful.

fifi said...

Oh, if the SOCK isn't enough you show us the bottom of your PETTICOAT.


ooooh just too delightful.

Very clever ivy socks. Love the colours.

Karin said...

Wow! Gorgeous or what! The lace work is splendid. I've been thinking of doing some lace work.......hmmm. Now I'm inspired again.

I suffer from second sleeve syndrome. A project can end up in the drawer for a looonnnnnggggg time because of it. Ho hum.

Marie Vlahos said...

Ok, new commenter. Found your blog who-knows-when, and just rediscovered it while cleaning up the bookmarks...

Anywho! I'm sure you've already heard this, but I recently decided that I'm not allowed to knit any more socks unless I start BOTH at the same time. Not only do I avoid Second Sock Syndrome, but I can never lose track of and changes I've made in the pattern.

Also, where did you get that dee-lishus skirt??? Didja make it? If so, dye my hair green and call me Envy!

Marie said...

Good enough answer for me. Super-cuteness... in a good way (You may soon find I'm a recovering Tomboy. My boyfriend is loving having a "girly" girlfriend again.) And thanks for the comment. I haven't been back to that store, yet, but I might go back sometime this summer, once all ickyness has dissipated.