Monday, June 18, 2007

Singles and toes.

The Single Sock Liberation Movement continues! As it goes, there is waxing and waning of members, and there are those that don't realize they are taking part until it is too late. Then, of course, there's the plain ol' mutinous. But all is well... this leader understands that some second socks must be knit... how desolate knitblogland would be without any FOs!

But since the Movement must march on, have a look at my most recent contribution: an unmatched pair of pastel beauties.

Left :: Giotto by Anna Bell :: STR lightweight "Blue Moonstone"
Right :: Child's First Sock by Nancy Bush :: Fleece Artist Sea Wool "Buttercream"

I've never been much into pastels, but it seems that I've acquired a taste for it recently. I really do love how both of these socks turned out. And oh, the textures! Don't they make a handsome pair?

The pastels phase has left as abruptly as it had come, and I've moved on to purples and more purples. Though I've been partially encouraged to this new palette by my Sockapalooza4 sock pal's color preference.

Left :: All Things Heather Fingering Weight Merino :: "Orchids"
Right :: Blue Moon Fiber Arts STR Lightweight Merino :: "Star Sapphire"

A pair of toes has been completed in each of the two yarn choices for my sock pal's socks. Remember when I said I was going to knit Lombard Street socks for my sock pal? Well, that was before Pamela Wynne so graciously published her Marigold Socks pattern. I absolutely love this pattern! So much so that I am knitting two pairs of these socks in a row... one for my sock pal and one for me! What's more, I've *finally* learned how to knit toe-up AND how to do magic loop (yes, yes, I know, "welcome to the 21st century of sock knitting)! I'm knitting one of the Marigolds on DPNs and one with the magic loop method. By the end of it, I should know which method I prefer, once and for all.

Now, if I could just decide which pair of Marigolds my sock pal would like more: the reddish-fuschia-purple ones or the bluish-purple ones? I'm leaning toward the reddish-fuschia ones for her, but I'm still undecided. Knowing me, I won't decide definitively until the very last second. So until then, each purple Marigold will grow at the same speed.

Happy Monday, all!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your Child's First Sock. Wow!

7:28 PM  
Blogger bockstark.knits said...

wooohoooo - toe up magic loop! you go, girl!!! it wasn't too long ago that you were saying you need to learn it and wow, you're a fast learner!!! gorgeous socks - all of em!!! i haven't yet tried the marigolds - it is in my queue though.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Those are all so gorgeous! Must make Giotto socks.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That buttercream child's first sock is absolutely scrumptious. Seeing yours is making the pattern leapfrog others in my queue. And after all, I only need to knit one, right?

8:12 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Now I'm going to be distracted and dreaming of knitting a pair of Giotto socks while I work on my other project(s). Ah well, at least I plenty of yarn to choose from.
All of the socks are beauties.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are flying with the socks!! I really love Giotto. You know, I have not yet tried the magic loop (or two circulars), let me know what you think - maybe I'll have to try it out!

9:27 PM  
Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

The yellow and blue sock next each other are simply perfection, so appealing!!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, my! Such beauties. Such skill. Such exquisite yarn choices - whether pastel or bold.
You are indeed the leader, my friend.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Marvelous socks as always! The CFS is a masterpiece of sockerly knitting. Congrats on learning the magic loop! I thought I understood it without really thinking about it, and then when I did think, I didn't understand. I'll have to get directions.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

gorgeous socks! gorgeous yarns! what a treat to the senses.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

You finally worked out the fit on the CFS? Yay!

Yes, my time in the SSL was a fleeting one. I am retreating to my type-A ways.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Oh how I love that Child's First Sock - I have never been partial to yellow, but that is so lovely.

I have inadvertently joined the Single Sock Club lately. I am trying, but other yarns keep calling to me.

Love the hot new colours that are coming up.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all about the toe-up magic-loop! Beautiful socks - even though they are singles!

1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was waiting to see the Giotto sock! Love it! I must copy you on that, but I guess that means ordering more STR! And now I love that Buttercream sock yarn and must have some! I hope I'm your pal and you are knitting some Star Sapphire for me! hee hee!

2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect idea! That way it eliminates the "ooh, but i love it so much i can't give it away!" syndrome. Curious to know what you think of toe up magic loop...i can't see myself ever going back to dpn's.
Gee, that Giotto kills me every time. Love it!

3:20 AM  
Blogger Shrinkie said...

oooh, yummy socks! I now have my singles down to 3 after a bit of finishing over the weekend, but your reminder about the fabulous marigold pattern, not to mention magic loop (which I have specially purchsed circular sitting around waiting to be used for) might mean another one starts up this weekend! I bet your sock pal would be happy to receive either of those gorgeous colourways.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Mari said...

Lovely colours! Great textures! Gorgeous single socks!

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a very nice collection of singles! I love your Giotto, esp.

I have a single Beaudelaire, perhaps others. I'll have to do an inventory!

8:13 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

they are both really pretty - I would have a hard time deciding!!!! I love Magic Loop - can't knit socks any other way!

8:32 AM  
Blogger gray la gran said...

your marigolds are so pretty, i followed the link and printed a pattern copy for myself! and then, i ran to (one of) the sock yarn stash bin(s) and picked out a contender!
i knit my socks both dpn & magic loop. have tons of dpns, and i usually choose which needles to use by what's available and gets me gauge or is a good match of fiber and needle.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your single socks that are done are gorgeous!! That giotto looks amazing in a semisolid blue.

I love the fuschia marigolds. I mean... I love them both, but I think I love the fuschia ones a teeny bit more.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oooh, yummy socks. Especially those last two. Whichever color your sockpal gets, she's a lucky gal.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the cuff on Giotto--must bump that pattern up my queue. You're inspiring me to SAY NO to variegated yarn!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Orchid! (I'm your pal, right?)

Are you loving the magic loop?

11:50 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Those are all so lovely!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

You know, I love those Moonstone and Buttercream socks so much, that I think they almost go together! You should wear them around and start a hand-knit mismatched socks craze. That'd be pretty sweet!

12:52 PM  
Blogger christine (threedogknits) said...

Gorgeous socks. I just bought Giotto last week. I wouldn't have thought to knit it with the blue STR but it looks fantastic. I learned how to knit socks with a circular needle and the magic cast on last weekend, too. I'm not sure how I like it so far. I feel like I'm knitting at an odd angle and my stiches aren't as even as with the dpns.

2:33 PM  
Blogger iSeL said...

Welcome to the magic loop! I told you it wasn't that big a deal, right?
Both socks are beautiful, but the Giottos especially. I wish I could wear picot edge socks, but with really fat ankles/calves...I'm not sure it would work.

She'll love either sock. Both colors look great!

5:17 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

Gorgeous socks, all! I do love the textures of the pastel CFS and Giotto next to each other.

If I'm your pal, please feel free to send a mismatched pair of Marigolds, in honor of the Movement. :)

6:19 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Wonderful single socks all around! I love the bright colors you're using for the two sets of Marigolds. The bright colors somehow seem perfect for this superHOT weather we're having!

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the two Marigold's together! Whichever you send away, you should definitely wrap up in the other color. I also would like to spread your child's first sock on a roll and eat it, yum!

12:28 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I love your spectrum of colors! the pastels and the saturated :)

9:33 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

please sponser me to become a member of the singles sox club. I have 3 to show for membership dues. I think we need a button....

5:44 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Your pastels are breathtaking!! I'm not typically a fan of them myself but yours may convert me!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love all the socks. Gorgeous colours!

5:21 AM  
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