Friday, July 29, 2011

FO: Twisted Socks

I finished my neon green socks!

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Pattern: Twisted by Jodie Gordon Lucas

Yarn: Elann Sock it to me 4-Ply, hand-dyed with food colouring

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Mods: Continued the twisted-slip-stitch-rib down the heel flap, instead of doing the woven/reinforced heel. The ankle portion is slightly shorter as well.

Notes:
I made the size M. These took me a long time because I started them completely wrong, and I got a bit bored of them partway down the ankle. Once I got to the foot part all hell broke loose! No boredom here, just mad crazy knitting! I did these two-at-a-time with magic loop, and that may not have been the best idea. I knew going in that the socks had reverse shaping, but man - in the moment I got totally confused a bunch of times. But I made it. Woo!

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These socks are very clever, and I love the result. This is a "trust the instructions" kind of pattern - everything turns out in the end. I'm not a big fan of how the pattern was written, however: it's confusing to navigate, and some key information is put in weird places. It seems like even the explanatory notes have explanatory notes... This is okay in Terry Pratchett novels, but not so great in knitting patterns, in my opinion. YMMV. There were some things that I wanted clarification about that were completely ignored, while other (seemingly obvious) things were over-explained. Obviously, what's obvious to me isn't necessarily obvious to others, so fair enough. (Let me say obvious a few more times. Obvious obvious obvious.)

One of my problems is I've gotten a bit cocky when it comes to sock knitting, so I don't pay as much attention as I should. When non-standard sock constructions come along, I'm bound to do something dumb in my over-confidence. I know how to make socks - I don't need to read these wordy instructions thoroughly! (Except, you know, I do.) Consider me duly chastened.

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Whatever. In the end, I love them. The toe-petals look just how I imagined, and I think they are so sweet. I may or may not ever make these again, though.

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20 comments:

  1. The socks look great! Thanks for your thoughts on pattern, etc. I want to eventually get better at "top-down" socks and this one has been on my list. I'm not sure if I should start with it now...I think I better "build up" to it.

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  2. You definitely won't loose those in the dark!

    They are stunning!

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  3. Extremely cool and great colour! Well done!

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  4. Very nice! Good job! I understand what you mean about patterns... some are just so blooding confusing! sigh, you made it in the end though. Kudos to you.

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  5. I love these socks. The colour and the pattern are simply awesome. Nice work!

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  6. Love them, especially the color!

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  7. Whoa, I love them! I haven't seen that pattern before. They look awesome!

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  8. Fabulous! I'm impressed that they are self-dyed. From the photos, it looks like the color came out quite even. Of course, the knitting is lovely too--as usual.

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  9. Oh my! these look fantabulous.. I am not a sock-knitter but, I love drooling over gorgeous hand-knit socks and there are top-notch! love the color.. it makes the pattern pop..

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  10. Love the socks! The color and the pattern are super cool!

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  11. I love these, they look so great in neon.
    I have some neon green yarn I dyed years ago. Definitely an option for this pattern!

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  12. Awesome color, and you did a great job! I'm off to favorite that pattern.

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  13. Those socks are a work of art. I love the colour---it's perfect for summer, and will be delicious all year round---and the texture of them really is clever-wonderful.

    (Although I'm with you that footnoted-footnotes, while adorable in Discworld, would be disconcerting in a pattern!)

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  14. Those are awesome!! Love the color too!

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  15. I love them - the colour is just utterly fabulous!

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  16. These are so gorgeous. So simple, and yet so complex. Just amazing.

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