Monday, September 01, 2008

Gifted sock yarn socks # 5

This is the yarn Christiane sent me from Germany. I choose the colorway myself, wanting to get away (a little) from my orange phase. It's merino/linen blend, and let me tell you, it was wonderful to work with. The only negative thing I can say about it is, that it splits easily, but I forgave that immediately, because the knit fabric has a wonderful feel to it. I thought yarn with linen in it, must be a bit coarse, but it's not. Probably because it's a 80% merino 20% linen blend. They could use a higher % of linen and I would not mind. Can only make the yarn stronger. I always liked cotton blend yarns for my socks, and now I'm looking forward to wear these babies as soon as it gets cold enough to do so.
I cast on for socks three times before I was satisfied with the result. The yarn stood up bravely to this abuse. It's hard to find a stitch pattern for handpainted yarn, that will pool no matter what, other than good old stockinett stitch. I found two ways to make it a little bit more interesting, and one way you can see here for yourself. I like the result. I made the leg 7" long, and the foot is for size 10 1/4", and I still had left over yarn. I could have added 1" to each leg easily.

Well, there you have it! Another pair of socks, contesting to become favorite socks.
pattern: my own
needles: for cuff and 3" of the leg - 2.5mm, for the rest of the socks 2.25mm 5 DP
size: 10 1/4"
Cast on: 64 stitches
start-finish: August 23 - 25
Thank you, Christiane, for giving me the opportunity to experience this lovely yarn. I would love to try this for a scarf, even as heavier weight yarn, or for a sweater, this would be so great, with a nice drape I'm sure.


15 comments:

kiki said...

what a nice pattern (i also like these simple things with variegated yarn) & the colors are fabulous.
very fine socks =)

best
kiki

myboringblog said...

That's a neat pattern you made for the socks. I have some wool/linen yarn that I bought for socks but I wasn't sure if I wanted to sell instead. I think I'll be keeping it now. :-)

Kelley said...

I LOVE those socks. The detail is just right -- you did a great job!. They're interesting without being distracting. The yarn sounds really interesting, too!

Kris said...

That's a perfect pattern you made for the yarn. The socks look wonderful.

shannon said...

i like that sock pattern a lot. have you written it up? i'm looking for a sock pattern that isn't all crazy and mind boggling for my first pair (i'm nearing that time).

give sam a snuggle from me...

Carrie K said...

The socks came out pretty reasonably pooled. What's really interesting is how little you can see the orange in the sock although it's more apparent in the skein.

La Cabeza Grande said...

Those socks look wonderfully comfortable! I honestly don't mind the pooling. I think it's kind of relaxing, especially in such a beautiful color.

Life's a Stitch said...

I get in to colour ruts, too. Those are very pretty.

hannah said...

Lovely socks Monika!

Hege said...

Lovely color!
Too bad the mittens got to big - it's a beautiful pattern.

And I really hope Sam will feel better soon!

Sharon V said...

Lovely socks! The stitch detail is so perfect and even the pooling isn't bad.

Enjoy and wear them in good health.

Susi Knitchicks said...

Ich hab die Wolle auch ausprobiert und fand sie am Anfang gewöhnungsbedürftig. Aber mittlerweile trage ich die Socken sehr gerne.

LG Susi

Rina said...

Wundervolle Wolle und daraus etwas Wunderschönes gestrickt !!

sgeddes said...

Beautiful results!

hakucho said...

Beautiful simple socks, but elegant! I'm sure they will be a joy to wear this fall and winter :)