Friday, January 06, 2012

First-footer FO

My Devon socks are my first FO of 2012, given that I almost finished them in 2011. Since they are socks, and they are the first FO of the new year, I've been calling them my first-footers. Not sure what sort of luck they'll bring - maybe a year full of socks?

The light in my flat was terrible today when I was attempting pictures, so these are the best I got. The socks fit, though!

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Something weird is happening with the perspective here - my left foot isn't really massively larger than my right...

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I used hand-dyed yarn blogged about here. I love the colours, but I do think it is just a teeny bit too busy. If I'd somehow managed to make the blackish parts less intense/contrast-y, I think the pattern would show up better.

The pattern is Cookie A's Devon. It was an enjoyable knit, even though I did them one at a time; I'd forgotten how quickly one sock can go! I'm not too keen on the way the yarnovers show on the foot section, but disappear into the leg section. To be honest, I'd prefer them to disappear in both, like the original pattern photos. I can only assume the model has skinnier feet than I, so hers don't stretch the yarnovers much. If I made these again, I might try using some hole-less increases instead of yarnovers to see how that looks.

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Here's to more woolly socks this year! (And more FOs at Tami's blog.)

16 comments:

  1. Yeah for first footers!!! Lovely color I think.

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  2. How cool that you dyed your own sock yarn! It looks amazing -- definitely an auspicious start to the year!

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  3. They look great. I hadn't notices the difference in the yarn overs until you pointed it out

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  4. Wow, I'm glad I cam across your blog today. I really like the way yours look - much nicer than in the pattern book. I HAVE the book but have been ignoring this pattern. Time to give it a second look.

    Also, thanks for the tip about the holes from the yarn overs in the foot. I think I'll take your advice and maybe to do lifted increases instead!

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  5. I honestly don't think that they are too busy. That is by far one of the best hand dyed FO I've seen in a long time. Great job! Here's to a year of socks!

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  6. Love the color! They look great and Cookie A is one of the reasons I'm learning to knit...but have not attempted any of her patterns yet..

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  7. What beautiful color, and lovely socks!!

    I also love the idea of first-footer socks. Maybe I'll do some socks for my family for next year. . . It's kinda too late now, right? ;)

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  8. That texture is divine, especially in the amazing greens of that yarn! I think these socks can't help but bring you a year of awesomess. :D

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  9. I think it's a great yarn/pattern combination. Love the colors!

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  10. Love love love the color. It's juuuust on the borderline of being too busy, but I think they walk the line well. I scrolled back and forth from the text to the picture for like 5 minutes trying to figure out what you meant about the YOs (and never did) so it's not noticeable at all.

    My husband looked over my shoulder at your socks pics and said "OOOOOH!" He likes.

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  11. I love the link to folklore. Yup these are definitely Good Luck socks. What a nice project to start the year!
    willow4

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  12. That look great. I love the green, it's making me long for spring!

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  13. Lovely first footers! I think that the colors are great.

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  14. I love the colours - ... I like the darker black-y tones
    love and xxx good job :0)

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