16 January 2012

socks for extroverts

In the midst of pre-flight Christmas Eve mania, packing, delivering animals to their respective holiday camps, etc I had the foresight to sort through my various knitting projects in search of an appropriate aeroplane project. Finding nothing suitable, I grabbed a no name, inoffensive looking ball of yarn, some bamboo needles (in case of security official unpleasantness) and once we were safely past the bumpy take-off bits, I cast on.

will there be enough yarn?

Unfortunately I had not had the foresight to look up the instructions for toe-up socks and teach myself that method once and for all (next pair, I always promise myself). And so it was my usual top-down socks. I must love the adrenalin of never being confident there'll be enough yarn to complete the second sock. I live on the edge, me.

new socks

There was enough yarn, happily. Even more happily, the yarn knitted up in a wholly unexpected carnivalesque manner. I don't know if carnivalesque is a word, but it should be if only to describe these socks.

25 comments:

Lynne said...

I think carnivalesque is a very appropriate word for such happy socks! I can knit both ways but prefer cuff down on dpns (even though I have tried circulars using magic loop and two circulars)!

NessaKnits said...

So you were clowning around as you knitted towards the toes? Nice socks!

blackbird said...

They make me smile.
Don't you have lovely toes!

Mrs Jones said...

Those are bloody fantastic! I'm currently learning to knit (I crochet) with a view to eventually being able to knit my own knee socks. This may take several years and a LOT of blood pressure medication...

Annie said...

I have great admiration for anyone who can knit a single sock, let alone two, snazzily carnivalesque or otherwise.

The Coffee Lady said...

They are enormously perky socks! Shame to put shoes on, really...

Meow (aka Connie) said...

What wonderful yarn ... turned out some beautiful socks. What was the yarn ... I would love to get some, if you know what and where !! Thanks !!

Shammickite said...

ooooo... I knitted some socks in a very similar yarn and they truly are carnivalesque, and I even started knitting each sock at a different colour stage in the yarn and my socks turned out with the stripes not matching, just like yours. With much carnivality.

Suse said...

Connie, I'm sorry, the ballband was lost years ago and it was a gift so i don't even know where it was purchased I'm afraid. It was one of the German self patterning yarns ...

duchess_declutter said...

serious case of sock envy going on here! cheers Wendy

The Elephant's Child said...

Oh wow. As a non knitter I can only bow my head in awe. These are amazing socks.

zephyr said...

the perfect socks for making that transition to "wears socks with sandals." Well, at least with Chacos or Birks.

Rose Red said...

I LOVE these socks! So happy! Think I must cast on self-striping socks ASAP!

Duyvken said...

just lovely!

Julie said...

you've just made me revise my new years resolutions to include "learn how to knit socks". Those are ace.

owlmazingmakes said...

I love them! The striped turned out really cool.

Lynn said...

I am not at all extroverted but I desperately want to be carnivalesque. Especially if it would mean wearing festive socks such as these.

Jo Windmill said...

Love the socks!
I feel terrible I still have my first sock languishing on it's own unfinished.

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tez said...

I love these socks - they are indeed carnivalesque - it's a party on your feet! Would also really like to know what wool you used. I haven't managed to do knee high socks yet, but I can get to mid-calf so far!

Anne said...

Beautiful!....:)

Uli said...

That is the perfect word for them.

The other is: cool!

Cindy said...

Hi there, I'm fallen down the internet rabbit hole courtesy of Yarnstorm, and had a pleasant surprise when I saw a pic of these socks, as that yarn is the one that I knitted my very first pair out of several years ago. It's a German brand, Opal, and it's called Mexiko, but sadly is now discontinued. I made loads of mistakes on those first socks, which now make me smile, and they are still worn - that stuff is iron.

Love the blog!

Entre Nous said...

Workin on a pair of fair isle socks now, somehow your colors are much more enticing I feel another pair coming on and havn't finished the first :}

Magic Bean said...

Suse, those socks are undescribably fab. Love em. Wish I could bloody knit... Ax