Monday, June 25, 2007

Sweet as...


Fiberlicious! An update for those interested: Fiberlicious! isn't limited to Fridays. Initially, I was going to establish a "Fiberlicious Fridays" thing, but that's sort of silly. You should post when the fancy strikes you. No need to put rules and restrictions and days of the week on this. Also, there's a button, now, for those who are kind enough to advertise this silly idea of mine on their blogs. Feel free to take one, just please link it to your own server, yaddah, yaddah.


Okay, real reason for this post: a Sockapalooza sock update. In the wake of a series of unforeseen decisions, I was forced to scrap the double set of Marigold socks. Now, I stand by my love for this pattern and my desire to have a garden sock drawer filled with blooming Marigolds (I already have very definite plans to knit another pair of Marigolds in some STR Sunstone). But I decided that the All Things Heather yarn just wasn't fit to be Marigolds. It's just a little too fine to knit up ruffly. That said, I've decided that I couldn't just scrap the yarn altogether. It really is perfect for my sock pal, I think. She likes pinks and purples AND she prefers variegated yarn over semi-solid. Check and check. This yarn fits the bill. So, I decided to try another sock pattern that I've been eyeing, knitspot's Rococo Socks. Love them. And the pattern suggests using a finer weight yarn. Check.


Here's the part where you have a good look and tell me if this was a good move. The socks are coming along rather slowly, as the pattern is not the easiest to memorize, and the yarn is pretty fine, so there are more stitches that usual. But I've finished one foot and am about to begin the leg. There is a bit of awkward striping of the dark purple sections of the yarn, but I think it works with the pattern. And my sock pal DID say she liked variegated yarns, so surely she likes the variegated effect (insert liberal amount of paranoia from one who doesn't like variegated yarns so is unduly concerned about variegation). What's the consensus? You likey?

And thanks so much to everyone who helped me do a little destashing. It's much appreciated, given the absence of grad student stipends during the summer months. And there are still a few things left in the pot, so if you're interested go have yourself a look. Destashing pot this-a-way.

Have a manageable Monday, all!

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40 Comments:

Anonymous brenda in toronto said...

loving your fiberlicious photos! so creative :)

10:25 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

I love your fiberlicious photo and the idea itself. If only I were creative enough to join in...

I think the socks look great.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Haley said...

fiberlicious = wonderful any day of the week. love your new sock, too. i think the little purple stripes look nice and add a little extra interest to a beautiful sock. i think this one is a keeper!

10:35 AM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

I love the honey! Must plan next fiberlicious photos... Bummer about the Marigolds, but I think the Rococo sock looks great (I'm not a huge variegation fan either, but it's subtle here and it totally works).

11:04 AM  
Anonymous grumperina said...

Manageable Monday... yes, that's the spirit, haha!

I think the purple striping is very eye-pleasing indeed. Do not fret.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I really like it so far. Yes, it's got a tiny bit of striping, but in a very pleasing manner. You still have enough solid color to show off the (very interesting) pattern.

I hadn't seen this pattern before, and I think it's a really cool choice!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

First things first, I love the "honey pot yarn" & the button. I swiped the button and put it up on my blog.

Now as far as the bits of striping on the Sockapalooza sock, I don't think it matters a bit. It doesn't distract from the stitch pattern and your buddy likes variegated yarns. I'm sure she'll love it!

11:41 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

I think the variegation is working out well in this pattern, so I echo the others.
Although I'm more drawn to the honey Bzzz

11:52 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

No worries--it looks great. And you know I have my issues with the variegation.

12:05 PM  
Blogger iSeL said...

Hey, I can live with that much variegation. It works, and coming from me...well, you know how I feel about crazy variegation.

I just ordered some of that Sunstone on Saturday. I CANNOT wait to get it. After seeing Ken's Jaywalker in progress I couldn't help myself. It's just fiberlicious! ;)

12:33 PM  
Blogger Margene said...

Love the button. I've got to get busy with some photo shoots!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Honey?! You are killing me here...oh the cuteness!

Fab socks!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I have been spying on the fliberlicious group and I've got all sorts of plans for photos now. I love the idea and all the great photos so far!!!

Gotta say I love the socks. I think if your pal likes those colors (as you said) then it should be a perfect match!!! very cool patterning. Love them!:o)

1:05 PM  
Blogger christine (threedogknits) said...

A friend just gave me LL in their new colorway, Gelato. I'll be joining fiberlicious soon! As for the Marigolds: I think they'll be perfect in the STR. I desperately crave a pair in that marigold color just like Pamela's. As for your revised sockapalooza sock - me likey a lot! I can still see the pattern with the variegated yarn - sometimes I think that if the variegation is subtle like the yarn you're using it actually adds depth to the pattern.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I think they look great - if she likes variegateds, she'll love them!

I'm looking forward to this weekend when i have some time to get some great fiberlicious shots!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

I do likey. I'm not the best authority either since I don't like variegation 90% of the time, and I probably wouldn't choose that yarn for myself. But it's not so contrasty as to muddy the pattern, which is beautiful, so I think that someone who likes that sort of thing would love these.

2:20 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

I love how the pattern is turning out. Definitely keep it. Like that pattern too, might need to get it!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

I love playing with your Fiberlicious! idea. And I WILL get that button in my sidebar - soon.

The socks are beautiful. I'm not a huge variegated fan, but this yarn is somewhat subtle and hey, if your pal loves the colour madness, who are we to argue? If someone was kind enough to knit such gorgeous sock for me, I'd be eternally grateful! :)

3:46 PM  
Blogger gray la gran said...

i think the socken and yarn make a great match. i like your diplomatic way of saying that there might be some slight pooling or flashing in using such words as "awkward striping" :)

4:21 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

That honey pot is a killer...and I am putting that button up asap!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Micki said...

The new pattern is well chosen, I'd say. Knit on!

5:28 PM  
Blogger cbknits80 said...

Love that honeypot - also keep going with the socks, I think they are a perfect fit!

5:45 PM  
Blogger jenn said...

Just wanted to let you know that the socks look great! Don't worry about the striping, I barely noticed it!

6:06 PM  
Blogger Laura B said...

The socks are great. Variegated, but not crazy pooly variegated.

6:18 PM  
Blogger vera said...

Variegated yarns are unpredictable. Don't worry, us variegated 'lovers' do know and love this. So i say no probs about the minor striping, and a big thumbs up to the rococo sock!
Ahh, that honey pot pic is a classic!

6:36 PM  
Blogger peaknits said...

I like the sock - a lot! And I don't think the variegation is weird at all - very nice color! Thanks for the button!

6:40 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

I think the socks are perfect, and that your pal will love them. The pattern is very visible and the variegation is nice, because it's subtle enough to avoid pooling. So I say, knit on with your bad self :)

And your honey yarn photo is making me want a peanut butter and honey sandwich!

6:42 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I think the variegation on the Rococo sock looks fine. You have a winning combination of yarn and pattern in my book.

I like the yarn honey!

6:47 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

I love the picture, I have to think this thing through to try my hand at the "fiber as food" thing.

I think that the sock looks lovely too, very vibrant.

7:32 PM  
Blogger clothesknit said...

gorgeous photos! and the socks -- wowsa! the color is intense and just fits the pattern beautifully :o)

7:40 PM  
Blogger princesspumpkin said...

The Rococo pattern is beautiful. Don't give up on it! I think the variegated yarn works well with this pattern.

12:19 AM  
Anonymous jennie said...

i likey the sock. the tiny stripes enhance the pattern, not distracting at all.

and fiberlicious makes my yarn diet almost impossible to follow. MUST. BUY. YARN. :)

12:29 AM  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Nothing wrong with a little variegation. And the way that yarn does it, nothing wrong with that either. :)

1:51 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

i adore the socks! thanks for turning me on to that pattern. i adore anne's patterns, but i somehow missed that one.

loving your fiberlicious photos too. :-)

3:44 AM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Mmm, I love the honey/yellow sock yarn! I've been thinking up a few fiberlicious ideas for yellow koigu myself!

I think the socks look wonderful! So long as there is the yarn doesn't begin any odd and ugly pooling, I think you're in the clear.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Lone Knitter said...

I think your socks look lovely, lovely, lovely. And your photos of yarn, as I've told you before, really do look good enough to eat.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Susan Pandorf said...

Yes, I like...

Carry on with the good work of sock knitters everywhere. Bear forth the bright banner. Seize the day. Ask not what your needles can do for you - ask what you can do for your needles.

Sorry, I got carried away (yarn fumes)

Blessings!

11:48 AM  
Blogger uberstrickenfrau said...

Oh my! That button is as cute as..well..a button! I don't know if I will actually do any photos but I sure want that button!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Cara said...

Very nice sock! Glad the consensus is to continue.

And your fiberlicious photos are quite inspiring. I've really been loving them. Thank you!

9:09 PM  
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