Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Finished: The Prettiest Darned Socks I've Ever Knit, If I Do Say So, Myself.

Helloooo! I'm here to deliver up my most favorite FO to date--please excuse the glut of photos, but I just couldn't help myself... And I am now utterly convinced that yellow socks make the very, very, very, very, VERY best socks.

Finished: Coziest Cable Socks Ever
Pattern: Cozy Cable Socks
Fiber: Colintette Jitterbug in Vincent's Apron (1.5 skeins)
Size: women's foot
Needles: size 1 Addi Turbo circular needle
Date Started: December 2007
Date Completed: January 2008
Modifications: Continued the cable pattern down the heel flap.

While these socks looked really difficult and tedious to make, it turns out they aren't at all! The pattern is actually very easy to follow, and once the cable pattern was established, I barely had to look at the cable charts at all. But I sure can appreciate the detailed and textured finish of the socks. They look like an impressive knit, but I'd rate them more fun than fiddly.

I did modify the heel a bit. I rarely knit heel flaps anymore, preferring the short-row heel, but I really wanted the cable pattern to continue down the heel. So, I broke down and suffered through the flap and having to pick up all those gusset stitches. Looking at the result, I'm very happy that made that mod. The heel now mirrors the pattern on top of the foot.

These socks are pure happiness. And you'd better believe I wore them while taking Prelim #2, which, I can now report is done and done. Two more to go. And the oral. Then knitting vacation, here I come! And by 'knitting vacation', I mean writing a grant proposal to fund my dissertation research with a little knitting thrown in for good measure.

P.S. I eked out ONE last finished mate from the singles collection... which I'll share next time. But since then, I've gone and cast on three, THREE new socks! More soon!

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Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

I hope these are your Lucky Socks, then! How awesome to take an awful exam and know that you've got something delightfully perfect keeping you company. :) Yay for another test down!

9:56 AM  
Blogger RooKnits said...

Those are amazing. I love the colour.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Wendie said...

those are indeed the prettiest darn socks!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

yep - I'd agree - those are one pair of AMAZING socks!!! and that color - good gosh oh mighty - must get some!

12:13 PM  
Blogger ingrid said...

Great socks! I love yellow socks, especially in the winter. They just brighten up everything.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter said...

I agree - yellow socks are excellent! Nothing looks better peeking out from under a pair of dark jeans, and while yellow is really not a color I can normally wear, I'm pretty sure I could get away with something like this on my feet. They're stunners! I want to run home and pull the yellow sock yarn out of my stash and cast on immediately! Beautiful work.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

Why yes! Those are beautifully done!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

I think you may have inspired me with the yellow socks.

I do like the heels on those - very cute indeed.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...


12:46 PM  
Anonymous kim said...

Having.trouble.speaking. They are truly beautiful.

Continued good luck with the exams...

12:53 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

How lovely! You know...this could start a whole yellow sock revolution! The color is gorgeous. I have never really considered making yellow socks but these might convert me :) Damn you and your evil ways. It's hell on my budget.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

these are impressive! i have sock envy. you did a beautiful job!

1:00 PM  
Blogger christine (threedogknits) said...

So gorgeous! I, too, am quite enamored with yellow socks. That pattern is amazing. Congratulations on one test done!

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Ann said...

Those cables look totally smooshy. If I didn't know better, I'd swear you used sport-weight yarn! Love them.

(I have a huge stash of yellow sock yarn but it's too pretty to use up. I think.)

PS. Yay for another prelim down!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Wow, very cool socks, and I love your mod on the heel flap -- well done!!

1:21 PM  
Blogger E to the M said...

I agree with Minty, let's hope these are your Lucky Socks! They're effing awesome by the way.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

oooh! these stopped me in my tracks! amazing :)

1:30 PM  
Blogger Terhi said...

You're right, those are the best socks ever. Yellow is clearly the new black, and I don't have any!

1:34 PM  
Blogger the daily purl said...

Beautiful pattern (love your mods btw), amazing color! I haven't knit a pair of socks in ages -seeing this pair makes me want to dust off the dpns!

1:40 PM  
Blogger elli said...

The color! Oh my. Those socks rock my world.

1:54 PM  
Blogger smelk-o-matic said...

Those are awesome, and I totally agree, yellow is the best color for socks. I am convinced!


2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning! I am really starting to warm up to yellow. The STR 24kt is another really lovely yellow.


2:28 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

those are wonderful! The yarn + color makes the cables really pop. Enjoy!

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my--those are the kind of socks that break your heart a little every time you have to put your shoes on.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Mari said...

SO beautiful! I love how the pattern continues on the heel flap.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it make me a total nerd that the first thought that popped into my head upon seeing those socks was "DNA!"? They look lovely :)

3:05 PM  
Blogger TinkingBell said...

They are absolutely gorgeous - of course you wore them to an exam - I would have too! Looking down must have made you smile! A lot!!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Esoteric Knitter said...

Absolutely gorgeous! They sure are one of the prettiest socks I've seen. :)

3:51 PM  
Blogger Ibunnysavetroy said...

lovely, especially that yellow!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous nikki said...

These really, truly, honestly are the best pair of socks I've seen in a really long time.

4:01 PM  
Blogger ponyknit said...

Love them! Yellow is my favorite color. Beautiful!

4:48 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Un-FREAKING-real!! You are just killing me with the yellow sock knitting frenzy, and yes, you are FULLY responsible for the MadTosh Chamomile situation...

5:08 PM  
Blogger kris said...

oh yes. those are some very, very good socks. (i'm trying very hard not to mention the colour for fear that i'm coming across as somewhat obsessed)

5:32 PM  
Anonymous yarnbeans said...

Every single time I look for yarn, I look for the yellow now! Those socks are so wonderful. My first thought was that they would eat up a lot of yarn, but it seems not so! I confess I printed out that pattern also because of you!

7:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Simply divine! Wow those are gorgeous. Now I really can't wait to knit mine! Just have to pick the pattern....

8:33 PM  
Blogger peaknits said...

Sheesh, I think these are the prettiest socks! I need to move them up in queue:) Love the mod to the heel!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

These are the greatest socks of all time.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Laura B said...

Really pretty! I love your mod of the cables down the heel flap... makes for one classy heel flap.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

could they be anymore perfect!!!
Got to love yellow..

11:10 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Wow! They certainly are pretty, pretty socks - fantastic colour!

11:17 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Go ahead, say it. They deserve it. They are very pretty, indeed.

3:13 AM  
Blogger Birte said...

wow, really pretty!

3:27 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Those do look so incredibly cozy! Nice job. A match made in heaven.

3:35 AM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Oh, wow! AMAZING!!!!

4:42 AM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

They truly are amazing! Good luck on your continued prelims.

8:23 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

I actually gasped when I saw them. SO PRETTY!!!

Good luck with the rest of your prelims.

8:28 AM  
Blogger nova said...

These are pretty fantastic. The color hit me before the pattern recognition; but, I heart the pattern too. Want.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Those are great!
The colour is awesome.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What gorgeous socks!

6:06 PM  
Blogger Kwana said...

They are just amazing. So beautiful

7:58 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

they are gorgeous! and wow those cables really pop!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Those are gorgeous!
And they look very impressive.

12:00 PM  
Blogger LizKnits said...

Wow those really turned out great! Love that color!

9:01 PM  
Blogger whitney said...

Those are just the most gorgeous socks EVER. Goodness, I love that color.

Good luck on any remaining exams! Can't wait to see the next sock!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

Oh my! They are really beautiful. I love the color!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Haley said...

gorgeous socks. makes you want to go shoeless just so you don't have to cover any part of them up. lovely!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Allegra said...

they're fab!

1:36 AM  
Blogger Virtuous said...

Just gorgeous! Great work and fab sock porn pics!

1:39 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

you are SO damn right!!!
the prettiest socks, EVER!!!!!!

6:38 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Wow! Those really are fantastic. Almost makes me want to make socks again... almost. ;)

6:37 AM  
Blogger Elinor said...

Megan, these are quite possibly the prettiest socks I've ever seen! I love the cables, the color and the transition from leg to foot! Beautiful! I hope you're almost out of the woods with the exams!!!

2:11 PM  
Blogger jane said...

Google Reader and a boring job have brought me to your blog. And to avoid being a blog stalker, I'm going to admit to having read all the archives (yes, the job is THAT boring, but your writing/knitting/soap making is also THAT compelling).

I must say that you and your single sock movement have redeemed sock knitting and inspired me to investigate all the schmancy yarnses. And I too must photograph all my yarns as foods. It must be done.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Cate said...

I just wanted to say that it totally made my day to see that someone is knitting my sock pattern. (I noticed it in Ravelry). I really hope you like them.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Gillie said...

The are the prettiest socks I've seen too! I am in awe of your prolific sock knitting. I am about to start my first ever pair and though I can knit for Britain this sock thing daunts me. I shall keep coming back for inspiration.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Mmmmmm yellow socks make me smile. Those are cool socks.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Francesca said...

Love the lovely socks. Yellow bodes spring and this shivering knitter needs some of that!

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

daaaaaaaaaaaamn, those is some purty sock!!

must. buy. yellow. yarn.

3:07 PM  

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