Socks 2010: February: Check!

My February Socks are done! Retro Rib Socks by Evelyn A. Clark from Favorite Socks. They turned out fine. Just fine.
Retro Rib Socks
I kind of hated knitting these. The stitch pattern is attractive if understated. It’s not mindless enough not to pay attention to it but not interesting/fun to knit. Tedious. But attractive.
Retro Rib Socks: stitch pattern
And the yarn, Knit Picks Essential Tweed in Blue Ox, is fine, but the tweedy bits are like lint more than part of the yarn. How’s that going to wear?
Retro Rib Socks: lousy tweed
So good riddance to February and on to March! I can’t decide which of my two single socks to finish. It’ll be a surprise. But in the meantime, I’ve decided to try some arch-shaping on a striped sock I started a while back:
Damsel Sock: plans
I’ll do the foot in stockinette, and it should all work out. I think the stripes might be fun with the shaping.

And I’m to the heel flap of the first Rib and Cable Sock, although you can’t tell that from the photo. Turn your back on a posed sock for a second, and it will just flop right over! But I still love how this is turning out.
Rib and Cable Sock: wip

I’m planning a pair of Calvin and Ripple socks, which are two different yet complimentary socks using Cat Bordhi’s Riverbed sock architecture. They were designed by Cristi, and they are named after her two orange tabbies Calvin and Ripple, and they look good in multi-colored yarn. I may knit two Ripple socks, which are top down. We’ll see. Right now I’m trying to pick a yarn. I have it narrowed down:
Ripple Sock yarn choices
Left to right: LL Shepherd Sock in South Shore, CTH Supersock in Spring Frost, STR Lightweight in Waterlilies, LL SS in Puple Iris, CTH SS in Potluck Purples and Huckleberry Knits Willow in Winesap.

This could take a while!

11 thoughts on “Socks 2010: February: Check!”

  • I’m sorry they were a pain to knit, but the end result is just beautiful! I hope they will be nice to wear, thereby making up for your knitting aggravation …

  • I agree that your February socks are lovely. Sorry to hear they were a pain to knit. The rib and cable is looking really good, and still loving that color combo. As for Ripple socks, I vote for Winesap because I would love to see how the striking colors knit up. However, the other color choices look great too. 🙂

  • Wow, your stitches are perfect! I’ve only recently started knitting socks from the top down, and I have to say. My grafting skills? Leave much to be desired! It’s almost laughable. Actually, it is.

    So nice to see that I’m not the only one who still uses DPN’s for socks.

  • My Knitpicks Essential Tweed socks have worn fine, but I totally agree with the “lint” comment. (I even have the same color you do, but mine, of course, are plain vanilla)

    And I think it’s a hoot that you do what I do…pile all the colors together and say, hmmmm? NOW which ones?

    They’re ALL gorgeous!

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