Friday, July 27, 2007

Passionfruit Toes

I mentioned a while back that I was going to join The Cult Of Sock Knitting, and well, I did! I'm knitting the basic simple ribbed sock from the last issue of Interweave Knits Magazine. Toe up and with a short row heel. (Non knitters - if that means nothing to you, don't sweat it because a few months ago I had no idea what any of that meant either!) My only adjustment was to add some stitches to the width to accomodate my EEE hobbit feet.

I cast on last weekend using the most cunning seamless 'Middle Eastern' cast on, and after some schooling up (and some talking down off the ledge when things got hairy) by the Knit Whisperer, our very own TOA commentor Cecilia, I'm now powering along. The yarn is lovely, a hand dyed fine merino from The Knittery in the 'Passionfruit' colourway (apropos?).

Here's the proof:



It's early days yet. Once finished the sock will be blocked (dampened and stretched on a form) to give it a more traditional sock shape. The pattern results in a slightly pointed toe, but once on this should stretch out into a more regular shape. The yarn is beautiful, both in colour and feel, and should result in a handsome pair of soft, warm socks. Passionfruity ones.

14 comments:

The Other Andrew said...
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Cecilia said...

ooh! That is beautiful!
I'm impressed you are planning to block the socks. I have always figured that my feet will just force them into the shape they should be!

Lara said...

Lovely work!

I hope you had a pink cocktail in my honour ;)

thombeau said...

Is that your hobbit hand? (teehee!)

These socks will be lovely! Seriously!

Not so Single Guy said...

hope to see you at the blogger's meet up this Sunday (29 July) from 4 pm at the Tilbury Hotel in Woollomoolo

Ur-spo said...

what a lovely colour; and it looks quite cozy for a cold night.
what a talent that is to knit.

Kerry said...

Well done, Andrew, and love that 'Passionfruit'.

Miss Eudoxia said...

LOVE the colour of the yarn, simply gorgeous. Thought of you as I saw an article o the TV about the great knitathon at the ABC studios where they were making blankets for the poor etc overseas. Knit on sweetie......those socks will be great!

Kenyo said...

It looks like you do one design for both feet?

I know nothing about knitting, but a quick look at my feet show they are asymetrical and are mirror images of each other. I am so glad I don't have to deal with this. Target has all the sox I could want.

Mousicles said...

hoorah for sock knitting.

I'm just back from NZ with a couple of balls of merino/possum blend and I'm hoping to turn them into socks.

I'll have to hassle you or Judy for help.

ARJ said...

Looove the yarn. Will expect a full showing-off when I get back to the Courthouse (someday, guh).

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks for the comments everyone! Mouse - Judy is a sock knitting MACHINE. She's the guru of sock knitting.

Kenyo, my feet are not only asymmetrical, but almost unlike feet! Broad and flat, hence the frequent references to hobbit feet 'round these parts. You knit the same sock twice, basically they just stretch to fit the countours because the knit is so elastic.

Arj, it'd be nice to meet you if you make it back to the Courthouse!

amy said...

I LOVE that colourway. Wecome to the cult :)

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks Amy!