Tuesday, November 28, 2006

FO: Toe-Up Tuscaknit Socks

My first pair of toe-up socks.

yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted,
in Chocolate (for toes, heels, and cuffs) and Tuscany

pattern: universal toe-up sock formula

needles: size 3, Clover dpns

story: I started these on a train out of Siena, Tuscany, November 7.
Knit them in Rome, Subiaco, Spoleto, and Nursia.
And a little bit in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

inspiration and variation: I liked the socks I knit for T so much, I had to have some for myself. I did these toe-up instead of top-down, knit them on one size smaller needles, and did a 2x2 cuff instead of 1x1. I didn't like the variegation of this Tuscany yarn as much as I did the other. T's seemed to have more blue, and these also have weird very light gold flecks here and there that I don't remember the other having.

verdict: I really like toe-up. I still really like Lorna's Laces.
I still really suck at short rows.

Perfect socks for sitting around drinking coffee, remembering Italy,
and watching fall fade away.


Dave said...

Well, I think they're gorgeous, even if they aren't "exactly" the same. And even better -- they will always remind you of that trip. :-)

Knitting-Nelly said...

Pretty socks! I really like the color combo and they look so soft and cozy!

Meredith said...

Very nice! I too like toe-up, but I had the hardest time binding off loose enough to get them on my foot.

Anonymous said...

Those are gorgeous! I like toe up socks because I can stop knitting whenever I run out of patience and/or yarn.

Rachel said...

Your short rows look great! And I really love the heel, toe, and cuff contrasts. I'm totally going to make a pair like that someday.