Monday, August 25, 2008

Spring Thaw Socks II

This is my variation on the Spring Thaw socks by Cat Bordhi. I left out the leaves, and made a plain stockinette stitch toe, but kept the ribbing for the gusset and onwards, as in the original socks. I also increased the number of stitches to fit my feet better. I loved knitting with this merino/bamboo blend sock yarn, and even think the pooling is very cool. I've already worn them, and the feeling of this blend is a slick one, and cool too. Granted it took my cold feet a little longer to get warmed up (it was around 15C at the time I finished them), but they are perfect for Spring/Fall socks. I love them.

pattern: Spring Thaw Socks, Knitter's Magazine Summer 2008, by Cat Bordhi
yarn: Sockpixie, Bambino, she changes the colorways frequently
needles: 2.5mm
size: 10 1/4 "
start-finish: July 31 - August 06

Even though I'm knitting socks with my Drachenwolle right now, my new passion is the 10 - stitch - blanket. Have a sneak peak. It's time for another blanket, and I'm loving it! I've got loads of Patons SWS in my stash (regrettable), but I think it's good enough to use for a blanket. I wish I'd had some Noro yarn for this, I still might do another one with Noro, that's how much I love this easy pattern. The original doesn't have this ridge, where you connect, but I tried different ways, and liked how this looked, so I stuck with it.

Right now, I've got so many projects I want to make, I don't know where to begin. So please don't tempt me with new and gorgeous patterns, O.K?

Spinning is a bit on the back burner right now, and just because I'm afraid, I don't get all the colors the same weight as I need them for my mittens. I should just get it over with and see how it goes.

No time to linger!

Edited: Before I have to answer everyone separately: Here's a ravelry link to a free shortrow-spiral pattern for this blanket, but I've used Frankie Browns pattern, which is pretty much the same.

None ravellers here's the link for you!





27 comments:

2paw said...

I love the colours in these socks: they go so perfectly with the pattern. The rug is so cute!!

DAWN said...

I totally agree with you about SWS--I, too have several skeins in my stash that have no future as of yet. I love the new blanket you are working on. Really cool.

momsue84 said...

Love the new blanket!! Is this your own pattern, or available somewhere? I, too, can see it in Noro. So cool!

shortoldlady said...

That blanket is so cool - how do you do it??

Rooie said...

What a cool blanket. Did you make that up out of your own clever head? I am trying to figure out how you turn the corners and I know the explanation will be blindingly simple and I'll fell stupid.

And I like the ridge.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Very pretty socks!

Your blanket is going to be gorgeous - that yarn is the same you used for your sweater - isn't it? It is beautiful.

Shirley said...

I like your blanket. Would you mind adding another edit to say how you did the ridge?

Tracy said...

Love the Spring Thaw socks with and without the leaves. :o)

Are you going to make that blanket in one huge spiral?? Isn't all that turning going to be a PITA when it gets larger??? Are you knitting backwards on this so you don't have to turn it every 10 stitches??? Love the look of it though. And your ridges really make the pattern pop. Love them!

sgeddes said...

I love the socks. They are a very good color. Thanks so much for the link to the blanket. I'm wanting to start one of those right away and couldn't find the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Your joins are so much nicer than in the pattern(s) given - how did you do them? It's absolutely a wonderful use for the SWS yarn!

hakucho said...

Those socks are super cool....love the colors and the pooling. That blanket is awesome. Leave it to you to find another wonderful pattern. I agree your joins are so much better than the original :)

myboringblog said...

The socks look nice. I can't believe it's cool enough for you to wear socks. I'm jealous! I like that blanket pattern. I bet that would be neat for using up sock yarn scraps.

SNOWBIRD said...

Just LOVE the blanket. Can't hardly wait to see it finished.

Frieda said...

Wonderful knitting as usual , you always seem to knit such interesting patterns and put your own twist on them . Love the colours in the socks .Thanks for the link to the pattern; I've added it to my ravelry queue , like it needs to get any longer ...

Lee Ann said...

Chiming in as another person who wants to know what the probably blindingly obvious answer to the question "howdya get that ridge?" is...

It's really cool!

hannah said...

Lovely socks!

And the pattern of the Blanket looks very nice!

Faith said...

Your blanket is coming out beautifully. What pattern are you following?

Deborah Robson said...

Some people get really annoyed by pooling, others (perhaps more easily entertained) are amused. Count me among the amused. Nice socks.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

That blanket it so cool... sigh... one more thing for the ravelry queue... I love the colour yarn your using for it!

Carrie K said...

Your socks are really cute!

I like your blanket pattern too. It's making a nice squared off spiral.

Ann said...

Lovely socks & it still looks great without the leaves.

Susi Knitchicks said...

Oh die Farben sind ja Wahnsinn. Die gefallen mir ausgesprochen gut.

Rita said...

I love the blanket and the fact that you can use scrap yarn to make it. Thanks for including the link to the instructions. I like your joining ridge. It adds a different type of texture to the pattern and defines the spiral. Please explain how you created the ridge.

Kris said...

I love your version of the spring thaw socks, very nice.

I also like the colors of the blanket. The ridge adds a nice touch to it.

Anonymous said...

And...does Frankie Brown have a blog??? Lovely blanket...

La Cabeza Grande said...

The blanket is really terrific, Monika! I've been looking for something that spirals out like that. The ridge is makes a wonderful texture, I think.

TracyKM said...

I really love those colours. I haven't used the SWS yet, it doesn't look like it'd hold up to the harshness of my life. But it's pretty, and it felts, doesn't it? How much SWS, or Noro, do you reckon it will take?