23 January 2009
It's high time we had some knitting content on this blog.
These socks are called artichokes because the pattern reminded the designer of the shape of artichoke leaves, so my hand dyed sock yarn was the perfect choice for this project.
I think these are possibly the fastest socks I've ever knitted. I cast off Mr Soup's globetrotter socks at about midnight on Christmas night and immediately cast on for these and did two or three rounds before collapsing into bed. I spent every spare minute of our week on the Bellarine Peninsula knitting on them, kind of obsessively, finishing them in Queensland at my parents' house on the 11th of January.
The colour in these shots isn't quite true; it's a little flat. In real life they are a much more appealing and lusciously lively green. But I was on Dad's computer and couldn't trick around with his photo editing software. I tried but it all ended with bad words like four ducks bake and clucking bell.
I love them, absolutely. The colour thrills me, the pattern is pretty, and they fit beautifully without being tight or baggy. The only minor amendment I'll make when I knit this pattern again (and I will knit it again), is to change the turning of the heel into a neat little triangular shape like the beautiful Hedera socks. A minor quibble however.
Oh, I'd also make them slightly longer in the leg. I have lots of yarn leftover so could easily have done a couple of extra pattern repeats.
Pattern: Artichokes by Megan Humphrey
Yarn: Elizabeth from Live2Knit, hand dyed by me
Needles: 2.25mm bamboo dpns
Cast on: 26 December 2008
Cast off: 11 January 2009
Made for: me!