Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Canada Socks

I finished these little babies up on the weekend...



Started: Sept 23, 2006
Finished: Oct 21, 2006
Yarn: Elann's Devon in Black (2 balls) and one ball of red and beige.
Pattern: Nancy Bush's Canada Socks in Knitting on the Road.
Needles: Knitpicks US#2...the second sock's fair isle is a little tighter...not sure why, but I hope it all works out after a little wear.
Adjustments: None really. A little length in the foot.

I really like these socks. They did get put on the back burner a couple of times for other projects, but they were fun to knit. I must say that I don't really like knitting with black yarn, it is really hard to see your stitch pattern unless you are sitting right under a light.

Fun socks, and another off the list!

FYI: some have asked about the dolls...I continually work on outfits and the dolls hoping to have another done to show you this month. They are from this book.

Also, I am lining my hats with whatever soft merino I have. Some of you have suggested fleece yarn to me, but I am really trying to use up what I have.

Finally, a question about the Rib and Cable socks. The cast on is with doubled yarn. It is really quite simple...just take two strands of your yarn and cast on (I used the long tail cast on). This makes a nice stretchy cuff for socks, plus it is really simple!

16 comments:

nona said...

Great socks! I always love the cuffs of Nancy Bush's socks. As for knitting with black yarn, I highly recommend a camping headlamp -- not highly attractive to wear, but you can easily see what you're doing even in the dark.

andrea said...

As always, you did a great job. I think I'm going to buy that book.Congratulations!

Laura B said...

You are plowing right through that list! The socks are beautiful! I agree about black yarn... it's so hard to see especially w/ sock knitting.

Barbara said...

Such beautiful socks! That pattern is on my list of future projects for sure. I'm a Nancy Bush fan and your socks really showcase her pattern.

grumperina said...

I love reading your blog this time of year - so many FOs, each prettier than the previous!

Magatha said...

How do you like the Elann Devon yarn? I've seen you use it in a couple of projects. Does it wear/wash well?

Alison said...

Gorgeous socks - a job well done. I would suggest, before people rush out to buy the book, that reviews on Amazon.com were pretty negative. This was due primarily to poor editing of the patterns and tons of mistakes. Just puttin' it out there.

I am inspired, though, to knit up a doll or two for my daughter. It would be a nice diversion from the endless longies, socks and sweaters I make!

beth said...

Woman, you are amazing! I don't know how you can get all these great knitted objects done so fast and they all look terrific. Maybe you could send some of your mojo my way? :)

Pat said...

The Canada's are beautiful! I love the black, red and white - a perfect combo! I'm halfway through Traveler's Stockings and I think these Canada Socks will be next.

Lotta said...

They are very handsome! I think knitting with black is a pain, too, but then again, if I'm ever going wear hand made socks to work, they'll have to be black. Otherwise they only get worn around the house.

Your Christmas list sure is long -wow! And there is all of, what, 60? days till Christmas... you're going to be one busy knitter! Good luck! :)

amy said...

Those are completely gorgeous! I'm still swooning over that cast-on. (And things are really looking good for all that holiday knitting, I'm so impressed!)

Lolly said...

I have been admiring these socks in the book - and I am so happy to see such a lovely finished pair, C! I love them!

Theresa said...

One of my favorite sock patterns - great to see another pair welcomed into the world!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful socks! I've always skipped over this pattern but I think I need to go back and try it.

Terhi said...

Really beautiful socks! Now I want to knit them too. Oh, and your Christmas knitting list... impressive.

Maartje said...

Oh, what a dream!! I love this pattern.