Friday, May 10, 2013

Fresh Off The Needles: April Showers Socks


I'm on a roll with all these FO posts.  So I figured, why not end the weekday with another?  This one is truly "fresh off the needles" as I bound off the last stitch on the second sock about 2 weeks ago (ooohh, what's this?  A recent FO? What??).  See?  I'm not all about starting projects and abandoning them the second something new and shiny comes along (although, that does happen from time to time!).  I actually do finish stuff!  And this time around I got off my lazy butt and took photos of them in a timely manner.

So the FO to finish off the week: my April Showers Socks.  I started these bad boys when I was at Vogue Knitting Live last month and if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I'm sure you've seen plenty of in-progress shots of them.  Since these are knit in yummy self-striping yarn, I've used my basic, plain vanilla toe-up sock recipe with the afterthought heel.  Seriously, how many times can I mention "afterthought heel" on this blog?  I'm sure you're all sick and tired of me singing the praises of this fantastic heel!

April Showers Socks - Side

As plain vanilla as these socks are, there's actually a lot to them.  Like the fact that they're fraternal twins.  I made a conscious effort to wind the yarn into 2 matching balls and so that the starting colour of each were the same...but then failed to notice just how much of that colour I actually had.  So one toe starts out strongly in purple and the other a few rounds of purple before the much more noticeable blue starts.  But that's ok.  That's the beauty of handmade sometimes, right?

More factoids about these socks: I used 2 different needles to knit them up.  For one sock I tried out Knitter's Pride new Karbonz, and for the other I tried Addi Turbo Sock Rockets.  I thought I had knit more loosely with the Karbonz than I did with the Sock Rockets (to make up for the fact that the yarn was "catching" where the carbon shaft ends and the metal tip begins) but you really can't tell or feel the difference between the socks.  Another first: this is my first time knitting with this yarn brand!  And would you believe I'm finally knitting with a club yarn?  Yeah, I know!  I've joined all these clubs throughout the years and I've only used club colours/yarn maybe 3 times in my whole knitterly life?  Craziness!  But since I made it my goal to branch out and try as many different yarn brands as possible this year, why not start out with what I have a fair amount of in the stash?  So the yarn (in case you didn't catch it in the first post about these socks) - Knitterly Things Vesper Sock, shown here in the April 2012 club colourway "April Showers Bring May Flowers".  Such a fun colourway, wouldn't you agree?

April Showers Socks - Aerial

I should have made these a little longer in the leg before starting the ribbing, but for some reason I wasn't thinking (and I didn't have a tape measure with me...which is weird...cause I always have a tape measure with me) and thought they were long enough.  Oh well!  I love them all the same and it doesn't bug me cause really, I think I would only add maybe half an inch to the length?  Nothing to stress out about, that's for sure.  It's not like I won't be knitting another pair of stripey socks ever again!  And if the weather stays hot and keeps being über nice like it has been, I think I'll be toting around and knitting on socks a lot more than heavy cardigans.  

Especially if my heels turn out as amazeballs as these:

April Showers Socks - Heel

Ah, sock heels.  Regardless of what kind you knit, they always make you feel oh so clever!  Couldn't figure out the Sudoku puzzle in yesterday's paper?  Yeah, who cares?  I just turned the heel of a sock, bitches.  Beat that, yo!  

Man, sock knitting brings out the gangsta in me.  I don't know if I like that.  In any case, these socks have definitely brought back the sock knitting vibe I needed to get started in my "year of the sock" quest.  I was really tempted to wind up and cast on another pair of plain vanilla stripeys when I remembered that I already had a pair on the needles that I had started about 2 years ago (eep!).  I think I should get those knitted up and off the needles before I cast on any other sock.  Cause that's the responsible thing to do.  But it wouldn't hurt to pick out a yummy skein from the stash to keep at my bedside...you know, as an incentive.  Cause it's totally normal and not weird at all to keep yarn on your night table...to gaze lovingly at before you turn off the lamp before falling asleep.  Not that I do that...or anything...ahem...

Look!!  Pretty socks!

April Showers Socks>

:: Sock Details ::
Pattern: My own plain vanilla toe-up sock recipe

Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Yarn 428 Yds.
Colour: April Showers Bring May Flowers
Needles: Knitter's Pride Karbonz, Addi Turbo Sock Rockets - both in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits April Showers Socks

6 comments:

  1. haha you are fantastic! i have never tried the afterthought heel.. so maybe i should... i am LOVING those colours! definitely a great start! and for the record, i totally have gorgeous skeins of yarn that i pet and love and stare at adoringly before bed. :) so not weird at all. xo

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    1. Hahaha....aw, thanks Rebecca! ;) I HIGHLY recommend the afterthought heel. Obviously! And it really is the easiest thing to do! I promise!! And why am I not surprised that you too keep skeins of yarn by the bed? ;)

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  2. Wow! Your on a roll with the fo's at the moment. I love these and the last pair of socks you posted. I've never knitted socks but I'd love to give them a go.

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    1. Thanks Kat! I think you can totally knit socks!! You should definitely give it a try! :)

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  3. They're such happy happy socks!! I wish I was on as much as a roll with finishing things (and actually photographing + blogging about them) as you are!!

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    1. Hahaha...I don't know about the "on a roll" part...all my FOs have been in waiting for like, 6 months before I got around to taking any photos of them! Well, except for these socks. These are recent. But I think it's the aforementioned getting off my butt thing! ;)

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