Saturday, March 10, 2007

Finished: Mossy Monkey Socks

Finished: Mossy Monkey Socks
Pattern: An amazing sock creation by Cookie A.
Fiber: Sundara Somewhat Solid sock yarn in "Burgundy over Moss"
Needles: size 1 DPNs
Date Started: 22 December 2006
Date Completed: 10 March 2006
Modifications: I worked seven lace pattern repeats, rather than six.

What a joy these babies were to knit. Upon finishing these socks, my third pair of knit socks, I realized that I have somewhat of a fetish for Cookie A. sock patterns. The Monkeys are my second Cookie A. sock pattern, and they fit just as perfectly as the Hederas.

Cookie's patterns really are ingenious. Patterns that are rather easy to memorize (um, except for, perhaps, the Pomatomus) with tremendously fantastic payoff results. Her socks look complicated to knit, what with all of the texture and lace, but they aren't at all. Easy peasy. And did I mention lovely? Yes, lovely.

You can image how disappointed I was that I couldn't go to Stitches West, where Cookie was going to be selling the myriad of unbelievably, mind-blogglingly AMAZING sock patterns of hers. There are like twenty. Each of them more awesome than the first. Is Cookie a robot? How is a single woman capable of such things?? (oh, right). The latest news is that Cookie will be selling her most recent sock patterns online through her blog site on Tuesday.

I'm sure you all can guess where I'll be on Tuesday.

The Monkeys turned out fabulously. And, as per usual, the Sundara sock yarn certainly worked its customary (but not to be overlooked or taken for granted) magic.

Number two of my set of 4 things to finish is done. Next mateless WIP up: this guy's other. Long overdue, I'm afraid. Now, I'm off to gambol with my chevron scarf and gear myself up for grading the stack of midterm exams that must be dealt with.

Have a super-terrific weekend, all!
And WOOT! for Knittin'-n-Sleepin' Fest 2007*!!

* more common appellation: Spring Break

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Blogger nicole said...

Beautiful socks! The pattern and colour are a perfect pair.

I'll definitely check out Cookie's patterns on Tuesday. Thanks for the heads up.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Terhi said...

Lovely socks! And now I think that my green sundaras want to become monkeys too. :-D

3:35 PM  
Blogger iSeL said...

So perfect! I wish I had some Sundara... :( Boo-hoo.
Thanks for the heads up on the patterns.

Spring Break, yeah baby! I'll be, erm, studying and knitting...

3:45 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Yay, spring break! You've inspired me to check out this pattern for the road trip I'm taking to Memphis this weekend.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those socks are it. Monkey is officially on my list.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Your socks look great! Although I love me, I think I like them better in solid (or somewhat solid). Good job!

4:16 PM  
Blogger ShannieKnitChic said...

Those are beauties! Great work! I have some Sundara that I think I want to make into more pomos...I just happened to get some a long time ago when someone else decided not to purchase it, I have not been able to get my mitts on any since :( Looks like beautiful yarn and those socks are really awesome! Love you!

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Elli said...

Yum, yum!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love that combination of color and pattern! Nice job.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I think those are nicest monkeys I've seen yet. The subtle colouring in the yarn really lets the pattern shine through, while giving them just enough of a "variegation" to keep them interesting. They are ... perfect!

5:08 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

I'm on spring break this week too, and I fully intend to sleep and knit during much of it!

The socks look wonderful--great pattern, great yarn! I didn't know Cookie was releasing more patterns on Tuesday. Thanks for the heads-up. Now I've got something to do on Tuesday.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Elinor said...

Those socks remind me of Craftaholic's Spring Grass socks but they're a bit different. Do they stay up? They look beautiful!! I could really use some spring break knitting but my break isn't for another week and it's followed by comprehensive exams, which makes me just so happy. :-(

7:14 PM  
Blogger maritza said...

Woohoo! Those look great!
Thanks for the heads-up about Cookie's patterns. I am utterly in love with a few of her latest.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Specs said...

Oooh aahhhh. Pretty socks.

And I have yet to finish my $*)%# sweater.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

People are nuts for those socks--and I can see why! Great job.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Laura B said...

Ooooh pretty!

9:48 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

How many hours is it til Tuesday??

10:50 PM  
Blogger jen said...

V. V. nice!

10:51 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Great socks! I love the way the color you chose really shows off the pattern.
That Cookie is brilliant! I'm looking forward to Tuesday.

11:03 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

Nice monkeys! I love that color and Sundara yarn too!

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gorgeous socks. looks like a great pattern. i really am dying for some of that sundara yarn. so jealous! ;0)

1:54 AM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Your socks look so great! Seriously, that yarn was the perfect choice for the pattern. The stitches are so clear.
Fantastic work.
Enjoy your spring break!

3:38 AM  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Those socks look amazing! And I agree about Cookie A. Those patterns of hers are truly something else entirely. I'm hoping she'll publish a book someday.

I have some Koigu in stash that is just screaming to become some monkeys.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Megan, I haven't forgotten you! I'll have it all packed and ready to go by Wed.

The socks are beautiful. Monkey is my new fave also.

(I can't even remember if we exchanged postal addresses??)

10:11 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

these look great! i'm also making the monkey socks but in a variegated yarn so they look really different (but the same.. love that.) it's such a great pattern! i'm sure i could work it now without the pattern. so easy to memorize.

also, love that sundara sock yarn. gosh, it's just gorgeous.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Absolutely fabulous! I really, really need to knit Monkey socks. But I have sooo many mateless socks at this time. sigh. Good luck finishing the Pomatomus. The first looks great in that lightly variegated yarn.

Enjoy your spring break!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

And let me just add that Sundara's sock yarn wears like IRON!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

I realize that Monkey was intended as a way to use variegated yarn, but yours looks so much better in a solid color. They look great!

4:37 PM  
Anonymous brooke said...

Gorgeous socks! Such an interesting pattern-and looks great in the mossy green.

8:02 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Thanks for the tip about the pattern, I'll be checking it out for sure.

Your socks are delightful and delovely. Enjoy your spring break--I'm hoping to finish so wips myself as well...

9:04 PM  
Blogger kate said...

thoise socks are beautiful. i was contemplating doing the petals collection just so i can get some of that yarn!

how frickin awesome is spring break? i had no idea, but i LOVE it.

and, i, too, will be spending tuesday refreshing cookie's website. (and sleeping. and knitting.) i just about DIED when i saw the twisted flower sock. i covet.

p.s. my bf loves his brand new soap!!!

10:17 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

great great great socks! :)

I too will be sitting there on Tuesday to buy Cookie A. patterns! :)

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Um, yeah. I will be there on Tuesday too. Cookie A. and Eunny are like super heroes. Your monkey socks are pretty awesome too.

1:40 AM  
Blogger jacqueline said...

oh wow! these look gorgeous! cookie's monkey socks are next on my sock to-do list. she is indeed a sock knitting goddess!

i have some sundara yarn coming to me and i am like in 7th heaven. i am also lucky enough to have a coveted skein of cookie's yarn which was sent to me by a friend! (how lucky am i!!)

3:21 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Cookie A has such a talent for designing knit socks that it makes me wonder whether I have some latent talent somewhere for something random like that, and I just haven't discovered it yet, and I should take up a zillion different hobbies to find. Err...not that this is all about me, of course.

Your socks came out beautifully! Right, that was my real point.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Beautiful Monkeys! And thank you (I think) for the link to Cookie's other socks. So incredible. I was frantically trying to find out how I could buy them. Then I read the rest of your post. (Duh.) Yay!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

That Cookie's a genius. I adore the colour you chose, and they came out perfect. One of these days I'll try a pair. So far though, I've only made one sock (working on the second one here and there).


9:36 AM  
Anonymous s t a c i said...

Great photos, and the socks are lovely! Yes, Monkey Socks are officially on my list now, too.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

those came out great - I love the burgandy undertone of them.....I will be at her site on Tuesday for sure!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

Your monkey socks are just darling. The yarn really shows off the pattern, but still has some beautiful depth to it.

Cookie is a sock goddess. I am currently obsessed with her Rhiannon knee highs. I must have them!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Fabulous job! I really need to make a Cookie pattern.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Bells said...

Oh wow. I am doing green monkey socks too! But I found your photos after I started so I'm glad to see someone else had the same great idea. Yours look marvellous!

5:31 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Those are the best looking Monkeys I have ever seen.

Did you know that Cookie has her shop site up? Enjoy!

4:22 AM  
Anonymous kelp! said...

Holy cow, that yarn is incredible. I'm planning on stalking the Sundara website to get me some of that goodness. The socks look pretty awesome too - I'm totally with you on the Cookie-is-queen-of-socks thing.

9:52 PM  
Anonymous diana said...

Woowza! Those are some fabulous socks. I must get my hands on some sundara yarn. Stat!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Thanks for letting me know the photos are "viewable" -- your socks look fantastic. Now I have to go check out Cookie's Web site. Also, I continue to admire your lovely chevron scarf. My fingers are honestly itching to make one!

10:12 PM  

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