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29. March 2012 08:57
by Jobo

Banyan Tree... completed!

29. March 2012 08:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Now I just wish I was lying in a hammock in a lovely warm tropical breeze under an actual Banyan Tree... instead of being zonked with a lovely sniffly sneezy cold :(

Either way though, the socks are lovely!

Banyan Tree Finished 2

I really enjoyed everything about this pair... from the twisted rib, to the leaves (which always seem to fly off the needles for me), to the little cables (I don?t know why I never thought of making 3 stitch cables and just moving the outside stitch? duh!) and the streamlined and simple foot.  I also enjoyed the heel flap, which isn?t rocket science, but looks so different compared to the standard slip stitch heel

Banyan Tree Finished 

All in all ? a great knit... and a free pattern!  Go check it out over at the loopy ewe :) they have fantastic yarns too by the way, and excellent customer service!

22. September 2009 14:17
by Jobo

Elvish Leaves.... another pair of patterned socks!

22. September 2009 14:17 by Jobo | 1 Comments

honestly are you surprised?  Socks seem to be my thing these days for a simple and portable project!

While browsing on ebay the other day I found an auction for some really low priced sock yarn - so cheap I couldn't resist!  The yarn is JL Vinca, in a sort of yellowish green colour that reminds me of Green Bananas.  I had read reviews on this yarn before that it isn't great quality (thin, pilly, some even called it scratchy) but I figured for the price (less than 6 dollars for 200g of yarn) I would try it for myself anyways.  When it arrived, I was still quite taken with the colour, but I would have to agree that the yarn is a little on the thin side, and not very tightly spun but not really itchy or scratchy in general.   I had also heard that it was difficult to match up the yarn to make identical socks because of the way the colours run through the two plies, but this didn't really bother me.  I rather like my socks to be fraternal (much to the chagrin of my Hubby who says "nice knitting... but the colours are too wild and crazy")


It was really difficult to capture the color of this yarn....  depending on the light it looked too yellow or green!  Seriously, just imagine the color of Bananas as they ripen from Green to Yellow and you have it.  You can see in the closeup the way that the 2 ply yarn fades from one color to the other.  Overall, I would agree that it isn't the finest quality yarn out there, but it didn't feel as bad as others made it out to be.  I've felt cheap acrylics that were more horrid honestly. I figure I will give it a try and if it pills and wears out too fast I just won't buy anymore.

There has been a pattern waiting in the wings.... more or less waiting for me to find a proper yarn for it: Elfine's Socks

This toe up (my first time using Judy's Magic Cast on for Toe up Socks on DPN's - see here for details) lacy sock features leaves cascading from toe to cuff.  I remember when I first saw this pattern I thought of elves and Lord-of-the-Rings-Ish things.  I think the artist has a real creative streak... she lists these socks as "the season's 'must have' hosiery for style-conscious dryads"

The pattern is clearly written, and very simple to follow.  Admittedly this isn't my first time knitting leaf-like patterns, but I was able to memorize the pattern very quickly and work on these in the car (where I need very straightforward knitting)  The color shifts in the yarn were just enough contrast to keep the project interesting and amusing.  Each skein of yarn has tons of yardage... so much that it feels like a waste to stop at the ankle where the pattern says... I think I might make knee socks out of them (when you're only 4'10" it really isn't that far up to the knee)  I will have to increase some for the calf, since the leaves aren't quite stretchy enough to accomodate my "curvyness" but that's ok, it will be another adventure - I've not made Knee socks yet!

At this point, I have one sock done probably 7 inches or more up the leg, so I decided this morning that I should cast on the second sock, and then I won't forget how I did the increases for the calf.  Do you ever find that if you don't keep good enough 'knitting notes' that by the time you get to the second sock/sleeve/mitten you forget how you did the first one?  I have had problems with this in the past, before I was smart enough to make specific notations about pattern modifications.  If you like the pattern check it out on Ravelry, it's a free download.

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