Monday, October 10, 2005

It's all about the toe.

All I wanted to do was start a new pair of socks. You would think this would have been a simple task...yeah.
I have all this beautiful sock yarn I have been hoarding...and many socks that I want to knit. Koigu...hmmmmm....what to knit with it. It is like gold, you want it to be perfect. Well I had decided on Anna's sock pattern. I started the figure eight toe she suggested. This is a new technique for me...toe up but not a short row...Intriguing.
Here is the first attempt. Then after I tighten up a couple stitches in the center...



Looks fine. I started to knit the sock. The leaf pattern. I love leaf patterns...but the scarf I am working on now is a leaf pattern. I just couldn't do it. The yarn colourway wasn't really working with it...so I ripped it.
On to the next sock pattern I want to knit. Friday Harbour. Yes. I went back to short row toes...




What happened here? Well, my decreases aren't slanting the correct way. I was just working from top to bottom on the chart...I should have flipped the chart around.
Attempt #2




Yes, well, it's just not working. This yarn is not for this project. I also feel that the gauge I am working with does not work with koigu. I need to tighten it up. You remember those fabulous socks Teresa sent me...I have been examining them;) I love the tight knit she did...they hold their shape on my foot. (can I also say I have had to wash them already...because I have been wearing them so much) So with this in mind...rip...rip...rip.

What to do with this koigu...the pressure, the pressure. Well, what about Retro Rib Socks from IK winter 2004. Yes, that's it. I really liked that figure 8 toe. Figure 8 toe, toe up, Retro Rib ...yes, that's it.



Do you see that beautiful toe? The koigu colourway is working perfectly with this pattern...



So here I am...I could have knit a pair over the weekend, but all I have a little toe. But it is one fabulous toe!

edited: I can't even believe someone would guess the colour of koigu from my photos! There are some serious koigu knitters out there! Yes, it is 319...I would say mainly green, with some taupe, brown, pink, purple and cream...you know...all of that!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that Koigu 319? Loving the sock knitting process.

Ashley said...

Oh, I LOVE that colorway--what number is it? I must have it!

I too love koigu knit at a really tight gauge--and I can't wait to try the firgure 8 toe!

Stephanie said...

Oh yes indeed - that's one lovely toe. Sometimes you just gotta play around until you get it right! I love that colorway and Koigu is so yummy. You'll love those socks.

grumperina said...

Excellent choice. I agree that this Koigu colorway looks better with Retro Rib than Friday Harbour. Enjoy knitting them!

Purly Whites said...

I hate it when I end up wasting all that time knitting with nothing to show for it.

But this is a fabulous! fabulous! sock. The toe great.

diana said...

That retro rib pattern is perfect with the yarn!

Teresa C said...

Oooh, I forgot about the Retro Rib, I've wanted to make that sock. So much sock yarn......and much of it lives in my stash.

I'm so happy that you are wearing the socks. Nothing does a knitter's heart better than to hear that.

Wool Winder said...

Very interesting to see how you decided which sock to knit. Looks like you made the perfect choice in the end. The colorway is beautiful...enjoy every stitch.

Laura said...

What a great post! It's neat to see how you experimented with the different patterns. I am planning to make Anna's socks soon too, and have some koigu I was going to use. I'll have to see how it goes!

Anonymous said...

Lovely toe and that Koigu colorway is perfect with the Retro Rib pattern. That pattern is on my to do list and I'm thinking I need some new Koigu too. Thanks for the inspiration.
Karen
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