Saturday, September 03, 2005

Sockapal-2-za: Done and Done.

So let's say you want to block some cabled socks, but you refuse to lay out $30 for plastic sock-blockers, and your closets are devoid of wire hangers. What to do?

Meh. In the end, you just block them like any other damn thing:

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Yes indeed, my Sockapal2za socks are finally done. I ripped out the 2x2 ribbing at the top of sock 2 last night and redid it as 1x1, then decided I had made the ribbing too short and doubled the length, meaning that I also had to undo Sock #1's bindoff and add there as well. Let me tell you all: Lorna's Shepherd Sock on size 0 needles is not something you want to try picking up a whole lot of loose stitches in, because man, is it splitty. All its little plies separate with a vengeance, and it's never quite clear whether you're getting them all back on the needle because the stitches are tee-tiny. Not fun. And yet that is how I spent my Friday night.

Here's the final product, posing with a geranium. They're still slightly damp, but they have the weekend to dry, and then on Tuesday they will be in the mail to a faraway land.

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(I have no idea, by the way, why they look like they have weird striations in them in the photo. Things have not seemed quite right with my iPhoto since the Great Hard Drive Crash of '05.)

Final Project Details:

Name: Pretzel Cable Socks
Pattern: My own, with cable borrowed from Jenna Wilson's Shedir Hat (12 cable repeats)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, Periwinkle, 2 skeins (with a good bit left over)
Needles: Size 0 Bamboos
Started: 7/11
Finished 9/2 (Shameful, yes--but I moved in the middle!)
Make it again? Probably, but I would add in some ribbing between the cables to increase elasticity.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The socks are so cute! The braided cable looks really nice.

I learned a blocking tip from my last Rowan project: lay a damp kitchen towel (the stiffer kind, nothing super-fluffy) over the piece you want to block, and then run your iron over the towel on medium-ish heat. Works like a charm, and there's much less drying time.

9/03/2005 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Cordelia said...

They are BEAUTFIUL! (The geranium is nice too.) What a clever way to "reuse" a pattern. I hope your sock partner likes them too!

9/03/2005 8:15 PM  
Blogger Dani said...

Those are gorgeous! I love the color... it really accentuates the pattern :)

9/04/2005 9:10 AM  
Blogger alison said...

Wow, those are beautiful! Must check to see if you are my pal. Want socks! ;0)

9/05/2005 9:34 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Beautiful socks! Is Florida a "faraway land"? :)

9/06/2005 4:55 AM  
Blogger eastern white said...

so beautiful... i love them!

9/06/2005 7:59 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Those are really lovely ... I especially like the cable pattern. And the color. Heck, I like the whole thing. :)

9/06/2005 8:16 AM  
Blogger Stricken madchen said...

The socks are beautiful! I love the geranium in the picture. ;-)

9/06/2005 9:50 AM  
Blogger Ruby Banshee said...

Wow! Gorgeous! Good idea about using ribbing between cables to add elasticity.

9/06/2005 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Teresa C said...

I'm hoping New Hampshire is a faraway land! They are lovely.

9/06/2005 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Just lovely! I made the cheapo wire hanger ones when I found out how much store bought ones cost, but hey, whatever works. It works for everythingelse, why not socks?

9/06/2005 11:27 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

wow! i think those are some of the prettiest ones i've seen!! lucky lucky pal you have :)

9/06/2005 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Beth S. said...

Wow! I sure wish I were your sock pal. :-) They're GORGEOUS.

9/06/2005 12:40 PM  
Blogger Timotab said...

Lovely socks :)

The striations are an artifact of something called "aliasing". I found a detailed discussion of aliasing on the web, which also includes some pictures showing almost the exact same problem.

9/06/2005 1:13 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

Oh, they are gorgeous! Congrats on finishing!

9/06/2005 6:36 PM  
Blogger Jennifa said...

Beautiful socks!

9/06/2005 10:48 PM  
Anonymous katie said...

They look great! I've had the same problem picking up stitches with Lorna's Laces. Such pretty yarn, but so small. It looks like you've conquered it, though!

9/07/2005 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Helene said...

Your other commenters are all right, Lovely Socks! AND they fit! I know, because I'm the lucky sock pal in the faraway country, Norway :)
Stop by my blog, and check out the proof.

Thanks a lot :) :)

9/15/2005 4:15 AM  

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