Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My Bloody Valentine.

The first My Bloody Valentine sock is finished. This sock began as the Saccharine sock, but it was apparent when the red gashes, er, outré cerise idiosyncrasies appeared that that name was no longer appropriate. Ashley suggested Valentine's Day Massacre socks, which is absolutely brilliant, but in the end I named them My Bloody Valentine socks, because, well, who doesn't like a little post-punk in their socks (and ears!) now and again?

On another note, I'm intrigued by this short-row toe. Most people, as I have discovered, do a short-row toe if they are doing toe-up socks. However, Adrian's Simple Socks are top down socks, with a short-row heel and a short-row toe. She suggests binding off the toe with a zig zag bind off, as, like me, and many people, I suspect, she finds the Kitchner bind off super-annoying and hard to remember. The zig zag bind off is easy, but the resulting stitches are raised. Despite my initial "Huh? This can't be right, OR comfortable," I like the zig zag. It adds a bit of character. I don't think I'll do it on all of my socks, but I like it enough on these to leave it.

Happy My Bloody Valentine's Day Massacre, everyone!

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Blogger ShannieKnitChic said...

Very cute, sis! I love 'em. Happy Valentines Day! Love ya!

12:46 PM  
Anonymous nova said...

That is one bloody gorgeous sock! And I like the name, very appropriate!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous kara said...

That sock is very timely for a day such as this. I especially love the little toe detail. V. cute!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I love that toe with the raised stitches - quite brilliant ;)
Looks like a fun sock!

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Cara said...

Love the sock! Great colorway! Whenever I'm knitting stockinette socks, I always knit a garter stitch row right before the I start the toe decreases. I like the way it sets off the toe from the rest of the sock. I call it my Gold Toe Syndrome. ;-)

2:13 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

For what it's worth, I went back and forth between "My Bloody Valentine" and "Valentine's Day Massacre" for way longer than it should take for any one person to write a comment on someone else's blog. Maybe they should be the "My Bloody Valentine's Day Massacre" socks?

2:18 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Oh wait, you already made that joke. Teach me to read all the way to the bottom of a post before going and shooting my mouth off.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous anne said...

Great sock -- and underfoot is where I like to see those chalky excuses for candy. I did zigzag bind off on some baby socks once, and it's cool, but I maintain a bizarre enjoyment of kitchener stitch.

2:22 PM  
Blogger cynic the lamb said...

Love the My Bloody Valentine Socks! The red slashes are what makes them just perfect, I think. I am digging that zig zag bind-off. Looks great!
(And yes, we could all use a little post-punk with our socks. I'm now wondering how I can incorporate the zig zag bind-off and Gang Of Four into the next pair of socks I knit, should I ever knit socks again.)

2:33 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

great name choice. I actually like the red (bloody) streaks. Kind of grounds the socks, if that makes sense.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Leave it to you to figure out a way to cut the sweetness. Love it, and warm, too, I'm sure.

2:47 PM  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Yes! Anne got the stomping and crushing of the bad, bad, sad excuses for candy!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Mintyfresh said...

I've never seen that bindoff before--can you tell me how it's done? (assuming it's simple)

Great socks!

4:09 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Great socks. Love the name, love the poses! Very festive.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Great name, great sock, great photo comsposition! I also like the zig-zag band.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Specs said...

They look great!

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Mom said...

i love the socks PLEASE send me the pattern so i can make them with the new yarn i got from Michelle's ETSY store. The colorway is too die for!!!

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Totally how I am feeling today so I am especially loving the sock.

7:28 PM  
Blogger kate said...

your socks are super cute and i really like the toe detail...but i really need to admit i'm a day late (and a dollar short) and have to comment on your soaps! they're beautiful!!!!

the pan's grotto sounds devine. any hope for a jasmine scent, too?

8:38 PM  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Those are rather scary socks! I love the raised stitches in the bind off. I'll have to google that toe immediately since I've never seen one done that way. :)

1:16 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Great name & great socks!!! Kevin Shields would be so proud!!!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Love them! And I love the photo. I can't stand those candy hearts. :)

Like Minty, I'd like to know how to do that very nice bind-off. It was the first thing I noticed.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

And may I also add, I love your CD collection? Explosions in the Sky... fantastic!

1:48 PM  
Anonymous tammy said...

HEY! You live in Athens! And you make soap and socks!

That is very sneaky of you, all living near me and wearing socks that you made and stuff.

Are you in a band? I am not in a band. I feel a little out of place sometimes.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

I love the raised stitches too!

12:06 AM  
Anonymous kelp! said...

I absolutely love that sock yarn! Your photo looks like Attack of the 50 Foot Sock - those poor conversation hearts never saw it coming!

12:45 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

Nice. Those gashes definitely add a poetic element to the socks.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Poshyarns said...

Oooh, they are lovely not least because of the fabulous name!

Thank you for your lovely comment on my recent teacosy. I was just browsing your archives and see that we have both knitted Salina. Yours is lovely, it is such a great pattern, I may make another one day, as you say, the beauty is in the little details.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Ooh, that sucks when you have two names so appropriate and clever and can only pick one. "My Bloody Valentine" is pretty awesome.

The zigzag bind off gives a little raised ridge a lot like commercial socks have, right over the toes -- I know some people who put that there on purpose because it makes them look more like "real" socks. I think it works.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

how cute!!!! I love the name....

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the name...

I really like the toe detailing. I must learn to knit socks that way...

10:32 AM  

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