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7. May 2010 19:24
by Jobo

Plain Vanilla Socks... Gemstone Color!

7. May 2010 19:24 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Opal RainforestAfter the craziness (and also wonderfulness) that was Sock Wars and Iron Knitter... I have been knitting quite a few "simple" projects.  I think I might have burned myself out on all of the challenging patterns maybe?  I think I am starting to get my mojo back though, because I am craving knitted lace...  I think it's just a matter of time before I jump back on that horse!

In my last Webs order I snagged a Ball of Opal Rainforest - a nice self patterning yarn.  I had read before that Opal was a workhorse sock yarn, with excellent quality and durability, so when I saw some pretty colors on sale I jumped at the chance.  It isn't exactly distinct stripes, but sort of stretches of color in a loosely defined pattern.  You will see what I mean later on...

In the ball, the yarn feels nice and wooly, but still squishy, and definetly not scratchy.  The colors range from white, to grey, to dark green, and dark blue, teal, and everything in between. 


As you can see, this pair isn't exactly identical, but both have similar distribution of color.  I really like the way they turned out, and the way that the subtle color changes kept me interested throughout the project.  I have always really enjoyed watching variegated colors fly through my hands.

The pattern itself is just a variation of my usual toe-up socks with 64 stitches to the round.  I'm getting comfortable enough with toe-up these days that I can just wing-it to work the gussets and heel turn.  Basically it ends up being similar to a Wendy Johnston toe-up heel, just usually with slightly different numbers. 

For the Cuffs though I tried something new this time though... What's that you say?  they look like plain boring 2x2 ribbing cuffs?  Well Yes, Certainly they are!  The difference is that I worked them via the Magic Loop Method - on a circular needle!

I was just arriving at the cuffs when my latest shipment of Knit Picks goodies landed in the mailbox.  So I took the opportunity to try working in the round on circs for something easy to start out with.  It took me a little while to get comfortable with the length of the cable, and which way to manipulate it to keep it out of my way, but it was actually easier than I thought! 

The needle itself was a 2.5 mm circular with the 40 inch cable (Options Nickel Plated Fixed Circular Needle).  I was surprised at just how flexible the electric purple cable actually was... next pair of socks I try will be done completely Magic Loop :)

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