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September 17, 2008

girly socks
posted by soe 1:10 am

I like color. It still surprises me that some people never manage to break out of the monochromatic prison they find themselves in — particularly in the city.

Today’s wardrobe theme was green — green shirt, green hat, green sweater, green necklace, and green socks — none of them the same green, of course.

Looking at my socks made me realize that I don’t think I ever shared them with you. I mean, I shared them in various states of progress, but never as a finished pair.

Ta da!


They’re Ann Budd’s Lace Cuff Anklets from Favorite Socks knit in some of the very first yarn Chewy Spaghetti ever dyed. I bought it from her off eBay, when, I believe, she was trying to get rid of the early skeins made from a different base than her subsequent yarns. The colorway is Lush, which it is — practically glow-in-the-dark neon, in fact. The interplay of the various greens kept my needles flying, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more in love with a variegated color before. The yarn itself was a very loose ply, which made it very splitty with practically ever needle I used (US0, 1, 2, 3, and 4, once all was said and done). But do keep in mind, as I said before, this was a discontinued base, so I wouldn’t judge the current crop of Chewy Spaghetti yarns on this experience.

Lacy Cuff Anklet

You may notice that the sock looks a bit tight. It is. The original pattern called for DK weight and this is light fingering, and for whatever bone-headed reason I can’t recall anymore, I decided to knit the pattern as written. I believe it’s a four stitch repeat, so it’s not like it would have been hard to cast on more stitches.

Lacy Cuff Detail

Realizing during the first cuff that I was going to need more room, I did think to increase a few stitches, but not enough to make the stockinette portion quite large enough. And I may have factored that in when knitting the second sock and may have added four extra stitches right from the start. But given the foot of the sock has a gauge of 11 stitches per inch, it just felt like they went on forever — and I was glad to finally get them off the needles last month.

But I did accomplish two things with these socks: a pair for St. Patrick’s Day and a girly pair of cuffed socks. They look particularly nice with Mary Janes, both these and the black leather ones I wore with them today.

A Girly Pair

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