Sunday, May 06, 2007

Finished: Rosy Baltic Socks

Despite my spearheading the Single Multiple-Women Single-Sock Liberation-Movement (thanks to these great gals for joining me!), I've managed to finish a pair! Two! A complete set!

Finished: Rosy Baltic Socks
Pattern: clementine's Baltic Socks by Di of clementine's shoes
Fiber: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock lightweight in "Rose Quartz"
Needles: size 1 DPNs
Date Started: 10 April 2007
Date Completed: 05 May 2007
Modifications: I cast on 68 stitches instead of 64 and completed 8 pattern repeats on the leg instead of the 10 called for in the pattern. I reduced the number of pattern repeats because STR does not have super-great yardage. I may have had enough yarn to do 9 pattern repeats, but definitely not 10.

The reason for my ability to finish these socks? This must easily have been my favorite sock pattern I've yet knit. What a great pattern! It is written clearly and it is super easy to memorize, making it a fun, quick knit. And the best part is that you end up with some really cute lacy socks that look somewhat complicated without the fuss of following charts.

See how cute? They go with my Birk mary-janes like nobody's business! Love!

The other reason I was able to finish these socks without procrastination is because it turns out I *am* a fan of STR... with two very important qualifications: it must be the lightweight version and it has to be the semi-solid "Shaded Solids." I love that the STR base yarn is perfectly spherical. It is sproingy and really tough (doesn't break easily, which is a characteristic I like in sock yarn). It also has great stitch definition. I will admit that even the shaded solids pool a little bit, but paired with the right patterns, like this one, it isn't incongruous and doesn't make me shriek in terror, like the pooling effects of some of the multicolors. I am no longer hesitant to openly praise STR. I like it, I like it!

Some favorite details of this pattern: I got to try out the short-row heel technique again. This time 'round was much easier, and, well, I love the short-row heel. Having done it a couple of times now, I am more able to appreciate the not having to pick up gusset stitches and try desperately to avoid gaps and holes. I also love the pattern the slightly variegated yarn makes on short-row heels.

I also love the vertical lacy-leaf pattern on the front and back of the socks. The lace panels are separated by panels of stockinette stitch on the sides, which makes the socks fit really well, as they provide a bit of stretch. You can also add or subtract stitches from these side panels to customize the fit of the sock for your leg size, too. Ingenious.

I love these socks. They may very well be my favorites that I've knit thus far. I know I will knit this pattern again, no question about it.

And now that I've finished a whole pair of socks, be prepared to see several new beginnings of socks-to-be popping up shortly!

Have a terrific Sunday and can't wait to see everyone's MDS&W Festival loot!

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Blogger iSeL said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah! They look great. I need that colorway in my stash ASAP. And they do go perfectly with those shoes, which are also very cute.
A pair of socks, I am so proud of you! :D

3:18 PM  
Anonymous lacey said...

Nice job! I've never seen that pattern before, but I like it..

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Lovely, lovely!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

Love that lace pattern. I've never seen the Birk Mary Janes! Recently, I lost my clogs & have been searching for a replacement. Hmm...

3:51 PM  
Blogger Micki said...

Stunning socks! Clearly you have a knack for pairing the right socks with the right shoes.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I love those socks so much! Great color, great lacey pattern. I will do my best to control the pooling on your socks! ;) Now, I need to get some cute Mary Janes to wear handknit socks with.
-Your Sockpal.

4:08 PM  
Blogger mozilla said...

BeaUtiful socks. I really like them with your Birks too!!

4:09 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Those look great! I really like the way that pattern looks - I had never seen it before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

They look absolutely lovely. I just bought this yarn to make the Cookie A pattern from Knitty Gritty only to read on the website that those were knit from the medium weight. I might have to give these a try. love the mary janes. Must be a sister thing as I need to loose my clogs and must replace the grotty pair I have.

- A

4:17 PM  
Anonymous brooke said...

Gorgeous socks! I think Rose Quartz must be the most beautiful STR colourway-and it looks so good in this pattern.

4:19 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Those socks certainly rock, what a pretty pattern, and I really love rose quartz color.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Cara said...

I'm right there with you on the lightweight. I've only used it for socks. I did, however, make a blanket from the heavyweight. ;-)

The socks look great!

4:54 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

i also have to agree that the str yarn is wonderfully sproingy - i love the socks that i make from it!

funnily, i never seemed to have considered their semi-solids. i've always gone straight for the variegated ones. guess that'll be changing now! :)

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Fabulous!!! The surge of energy these gave you will get you through many single socks!

5:00 PM  
Blogger jacqueline said...

these socks are fabulous! love the colour, love the design...just love everything about them!

way too cute...

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Beautiful socks, Megan. I adore the ol' Rose Quartz myself... have numerous hanks (of various weights) in the stash! And, I absolutely love the shoes! Love 'em!!

But, isn't that Cookie's pattern (Baudelaire - without the cable)?

5:24 PM  
Anonymous kris said...


5:25 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

LOVE them. I am printing out that pattern tout suite--I think they might be my sock pal's socks!

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Jennie said...


5:40 PM  
Blogger mari said...

Really cute socks!
It's curious that they pooled a bit. My Roza's Socks are almost finished and there was no pooling whatsoever.

5:44 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

*Beautiful* -- i want to try the pattern AND the yarn. :)

5:46 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

The socks look great--don't you just love when the yarn, the color, and the pattern all converge to create the perfect FO?!

I'm with you on the STR. I do like it, but only the shaded solids. Still though, nothing beats Koigu!

But even more importantly, I love the quilt in the background! It looks handmade and vintage-y!

5:46 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

i totally love those! the yarn looks beautiful with that pattern.
i just printed it out, maybe i'll make these soon.

5:49 PM  
Blogger maritza said...

Beautiful! Oh those are so lovely. You make me want to knit socks again.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Carson said...

sproingy :)

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

ooooh lovely!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Desiknitter said...

Beautiful! I can't remember if I mentioned this earlier but these are very similar to the Birch Leaf socks from Gathering of Lace that I made sometime back. Except that the leaf pattern isn't replicated at the back of the leg, there's a different rib pattern. You could try those too.
The colour is gorgeous, too.

7:16 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Yes, love the shaded solids as well, so preferable to the variegated in my book...

7:27 PM  
Blogger Carson said...

I'd like to state for the record:
Di's "Clementine's Baltic Socks" pre-dates(by publication dates at least) Cookie's "Baudelaire" by a year, actually a full 13 months.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Wendie said...

Oh, those are gorgeous! I love the color, I love the pattern, I love it all. Great job!

7:31 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Oh, those socks are absolutely gorgeous! I love the pattern, and the yarn really brings out the details. Congrats!

8:53 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Very pretty! Excellent combination of yarn and pattern. I can see why you had to make the second sock!

9:44 PM  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Rosy goodness!

11:53 PM  
Blogger Kellie said...

Total gorgeousness! While I am not a fan of the STR freaky colour pooling (I have bought two more colours to give them a good go though!!) I mus admit that my Monkey's in STR are my faves to wear - so warm and comfy. STR definitely makes a great knitted fabric. And thanks for the pattern link - I think one of my Sundara's will be makingup this lovely design (not that I'm rubbing it in - once a month now she is going to be introducing repeatable Almost Solids, so you can build that stash up again in no time!)

12:51 AM  
Blogger Di said...

Hi- so glad you enjoyed knitting them, and thanks for being so complimentary about the pattern I wrote! I really enjoyed knitting them too.
I see someone has commented on similarity to one of Cookie's patterns- As you know from reading the pattern I wrote, I came across the design when it was used by a German sock-knitters group a few years ago. I think that it's great that it's being enjoyed by other English reading knitters too.

3:27 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

gorgeous socks my friend!! they look fabulous. :-)

9:29 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Mmm, they are lovely, M! and the shoes! the shoes! Perfect match!

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Ann said...

They are so cute! I love the way the yarn is variegated just enough to give some real depth to the pattern. (is the pattern online anywhere in english? I can only find links to the german version.)

10:44 AM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

How beautiful! Are they for your secret sock pal? Is that why you did two?

11:54 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

those came out amazing! I may have to use my skein of rose quartz for those - i really love how they came out!!!!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Elinor said...

You know, I've considered making these but your enthusiasm for the pattern has convinced me. I have some Koigu that would be perfect too. Your socks look absolutely beautiful!!!!! AND A PAIR! Woo! What happened to single socks?? heh. kidding...

12:44 PM  
Anonymous nova said...

Well, I think they are terrific, color and all. The color seems to help highlight the intricacies of the pattern...pretty pretty!

4:03 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

Those are beautiful! Love the colourway you chose. And knitting 2 of them?! - Go on wid your bad self! Definitely going on my to-knit list.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous diana said...

So gorgeous! I love the combo of the yarn and the pattern.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

I'm feeling abandoned, but I guess I can't blame you ...that siren call of the STR can be strong.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Lone Knitter said...

Yay to finished socks. They look great. I've always kind of stayed away from lacey socks, but it seems as if a solid/varigated type yarn is a good way to go if I ever wanted to go that way.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Mintyfresh said...

Love those overlapping leaves! Nice socks.

ps. your toes are pointy!

11:20 PM  
Anonymous kim said...

Your socks are so pretty - as always. You have inspired me to give sock knitting another chance.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

So pretty! This might be just the pattern for my Garnet STR. :)

6:14 PM  
Blogger Friender said...

These are so nice. They don't scream and yell, they just are so classy and simple, yet dainty but clean. It's really hard for me to describe what I mean, for some reason (go figure--I'm a writer). Anyway, I had to add my kudos to the heap you've already received. Very nice job indeed. I love that colorway. Is it just me, or is pink actually OK to like now? ;)

6:27 PM  
Blogger vera said...

A completed pair?! Oh my!!!
They look wonderful. And the semi-solids make such wonderful socks, don't they?

6:01 AM  
Blogger kate said...

ohhh.. i was totally eyeing the palmost solids at Md S&W but they were all heavyweight. i hope the mediumweight isnt too heavy. your finished pair is beautiful!

as far as twisted flower: i got exact gauge with the koigu on size 1s, and i did the first repeat on size 2s to fit the calves. the circ of the sock with size 2s is 8.5" (around) and the sz 1s is 7.5" (around). i usually like my socks on sz 1s with 28 sts/4" to be 64 sts around, but the tighter gauge and the 72 sts is just fine. there isn't a ton of stretch, but you could always do the size 2s and add a few purl sts inbetween the pattern (there is 2 written, but you could do 3 or even 4) to make more ribby and stretchy, but tight when needed.

good luck!
p.s. i am going to europe and then back to MA/VT until Jume 6th but afterwards we HAVE to meet up!

10:25 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

I want to lay down on your quilt and take a nap........i might need to borrow your socks so my feet don't get cold! :)

1:23 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

These look awesome! Love them with the Birks too!
Hello to another fellow Phila, PA:)

Your soaps sound so wonderful.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Really nicely done!!! I love them!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Knit*Six said...

Wow...Those are GORGEOUS! I love the pattern, the color, and the way they go with your shoes. Your feet must be very happy. This pattern is going straight to the top of my "Must Knit" list!

7:18 PM  
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