Friday, October 28, 2011

FO: Team Sweden Socks

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Pattern: Fleegle's Toe-Up No-Flap No-Hassle socks, sort of.

Yarn: 100g / 437 m 75% wool, 25% nylon, hand-dyed by me. I had about 25 g left over - can you say hexipuffs?

Notes:

I cast-on 24 stitches with Judy's Magic Cast-on and increased to 60 stitches. I should have increased more or used a larger needle, since as I went along my gauge got a tighter, so the socks are a bit snug. I'll see what happens once I wash them, since I didn't block them.

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I initially intended to use Priscilla Wild's no-hole shortrow heel from the Lifestyle socks, since I suspected the Fleegle heel wouldn't play nice with the self-striping yarn. This heel looks lovely, and did in fact have no-holes - a first for shortrow heels with me. It's an excellent choice if this kind of heel fits you, but you hate wrap&turn shortrows. However, as much as I tried, it didn't fit me. I ripped it out and tried again about 3 times, having lengthened the foot, moved things around, etc... but to no avail. That's it, I'm done with shortrow heels when I knit socks for me. Blast my giant insteps. After frogging the heel so many times, I got fed up and frogged the socks in a fit of rage. I usually do anything to avoid starting over, but this time it was cathartic.

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After all the frustration and frogging, the final incarnation of the socks went pretty quickly. I love the Fleegle heel. Love it. It's tidy, easy, there are no wrapt&turns, and no picking up stitches. As you can see, it did change the stripes a bit, particularly on the instep, but I don't mind. The fit around my heel is excellent, and I will definitely use this again for toe-up socks.

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I didn't do any special stretchy bind-off, since I usually find I bind off loosely enough... but this time everything was running tighter than usual, and I think a stretchier bind-off would have been a good idea. Oh well. I can still get them on, and they'll probably stretch out more over time. If not, I'll redo the bind-off at some point.

This yarn is a test for the durability of food-colouring-dyed yarn. I am almost positive it won't run, since it didn't when I washed it post-dyeing, but part of me is still a little nervous that I'll end up with greenish-brown stripes after the first wash. We'll see!

See more FOs at Tami's Amis!

p.s. I got a job! A temporary seasonal low-paying Christmas job, but a job nonetheless. Permission to feel like a productive member of capitalist society, for a few weeks at least :P

17 comments:

  1. Awesome socks - the colours are amazing :) I may have to try that type of heel. I've only done short rows once but the holes really bug me!

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  2. I love how bright the colors of these socks are! And your heels are looking fabulous. I'll have to try it someday.

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  3. beautiful socks! I loved hearing about your process. I hope they don't run =)

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  4. Sorrym you had to frog, but they're looking great now. And congratulations on getting a job" That's great!

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  5. The socks are great! I love the colors....and hope they don't run....and congratulations on the socks.....

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  6. Cool socks! I love those Swedish colors and the heels turned out great. Congrats on the job, too!

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  7. Cute socks! I love the contrasting colors, they're so bright and fun.

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  8. I love these!! They are perfect Team Sweden socks. :)

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  9. I love the colours of your socks, they are just fabulous.

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  10. Oh, I LOVE those colors! They're vibrant and amazing!

    congrats on the job :)

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  11. Looks like it was worth redoing the heel. I LOVE your finished socks, and I'm so impressed with your self-striping yarn. Great job!

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  12. They are gorgeous! The colours are wonderful and they look perfect :)

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  13. Well done you - the heel is so neat, I love the way the socks are different colour-ways. Couple of questions - What food dye did you use? Did you add any distilled vinegar to the dye bath? I am tempted to have a go - love B

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  14. Could they be any more beautiful! The colors go together perfectly. Awesome job!

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  15. Such beautiful socks! I love the contrast between colors. Stunning.

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  16. Aww, I love them! The colors look so great together.

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