Last week, I finally forced myself to part with my most recently completed pair of socks. They were knit up for my mom, as a birthday gift. In that capacity they are more than a month late, but I am hoping that their awesomeness in all other capacities will make up for that little detail…
I loosely based the socks on Wendy Johnson’s “Lace and Cable Socks“. And by loosely based I mean: I completely left out the lace (probably the key element of the design), but otherwise used the toe-up construction, the stitch-counts, and the cables.
The yarn I used was a proper sock yarn, i.e. a yarn that was conceived of and created specifically for the purpose of making socks, as opposed to just any fingering weight yarn. It was the first time I did this, and I can tell you the difference is palpable. Literally. These are just yummy, scrumptious, lovely, squishy, and any other such yarny adjective you can think of, while at the same time having perfect stitch definition and an unmistakeable feeling that they are going to last.
I intended to keep knitting these until I ran out of yarn, but at some point they just felt long enough, so I left it at that. I knit the last five rounds of ribbing and the bind-off with yarn held together with elastic thread, because I was scared the socks would be falling down. I probably should have done it on the whole ribbing, but I didn’t think of it on time.
And the final result, my friends? Well, if you ask me, it’s just the perfect socks! My mom is seriously lucky that her feet are several sizes larger than mine, otherwise I really don’t know how I would have parted with these… I want more of this yarn and I want to knit more plain stockinette socks with it, and I want winter to come just so I can snuggle up with them on my feet and a nice cup of tea and a book. When I look at them and put them on, I can think of nothing but coziness, coziness, coziness…
I love these socks!
They are beautiful! and the elastic was a great idea! Mom is lucky!
I love the simple little cable, they look lovely :)
That little cable works so well with the yarn! The socks kind of make me think of someone tiptoeing through tulips. Great job.
They look great wtih just the cable on the side. Your Mom is lucky!
Love your version of these socks! Very nice!
Love your socks! Your mum is so lucky! I may have to copy you!
Wow, really nice and lovely Socks, beautiful colors and Form. :-)
Greetings Madame Flamusse
I have a Question: When i understand everything right, the Yarn is from United States. Where did you bought it?
I searching for a yarn like this…
Dear Madame, I bought the yarn in a yarn shop in London about two years ago… I think it came from a very small seller who has a shop on Etsy, maybe you could try there.
it’s a beautiful present, it doesn’t matter in the least that it’s a little late.
come to think of it, it’s time to start my daughter on knitting, so I can have more handmade socks!:)
I love your socks too! Beautiful!
Love your choices on these! They look great and I think you found the perfect use for that pretty yarn! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how sometimes the most straightforward knitting (lots of stockinette) makes the most wearable and loved objects. More stockinette socks are in my future, too. :)
oooh, I wish my daughter would knit socks like these for me! Yummmmm!!!!
It’s an understandable love, cause they sure look lovely! Good idea with the elastic thread added to the ribbing. I’ll keep that in mind for future toe-up adventures!
I love them too! I really do want to learn how to knit socks, there are so many beautiful patterns out there!
Thank you for your nice comment on my blog. I love Cascade yarns for their colour variety as well as for their price but I must admit that they feel a bit rough against my skin. I don’t really mind though. I wouldn’t chose Cascade 220 Heathers for baby/kids garments (G. was only modelling the cowl) and for fitted garments but I think it’s just perfect for warm pullovers and sweaters. My next project that I’d like to knit with this yarn is Bedford by Michele Wang.
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