Friday, August 3, 2007
My Sockapalooza socks are complete, they have been washed with some nice Citrus Soak and are drying at this moment while I am preparing a little package of goodies to send with them. A nice little package will go in the mail tomorrow morning.
I am calling them "Lunasea Waves". I will explain why after my sock pal receives them. I would so give away who my sock pal is if I spill my guts now!
Here is a couple of close up shots of the pattern. I really enjoyed knitting these and plan to make me some socks using this pattern.
The other fine details are....
Yarn - Socks that Rock
Color - Lunasea
Pattern - A mix of several different techniques so the socks themselves are quite unique, I used a toe up Turkish Cast on, the Stanton 196 stitch out of the book More Sensational Socks a gusset heel about an inch of 2 x 2 ribbing and a fancy new bind off.
Needles - I used a US 1 for the foot and heel and then switched to a US 2 half-way up the gusset. Bind off - Found on Grumperina goes to Yarn Shops and Home Depot.
I used this pattern because it gives a bit and because it looks wavy (you will find out why I picked the "waves" look for my sock pal, later.) I made a slightly longer heel flap and changed needle sizes to accommodate a wider foot with wider ankles. It seemed that my pal was concerned about wider and swollen ankles.
I tried several different bind offs that I have in my collection but none were good enough for these socks and I wasn't happy so I searched all my books and the Internet. I found a very nice bind off here and was quite pleased with the results. With Grumperina's permission I am re posting the directions. this is the best bind off ever for a toe up sock and I will be using this one for all my toe up socks! Thank you Kathy.
Right now my fingers are crossed while I wait for them to dry in order to mail them and then I will wait to hear if they fit and if my pal likes them.
Just for fun you can check out other sockapalooza socks here.