Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday FO: Cables & Lace with Hand-Dyed

These socks had been a resident of my WIP basket for over a year...until yesterday. I started them not long after my crazy sock summer when I was trying to revamp all the socks for the new Figheadh site. I only had one pair of Cables & Lace Socks (I know--I used to be pretty generic in naming my patterns, huh?) and needed something different. I have had this skein of Butternut Woolens Sock Yarn since 2008, just waiting to knit it up. The two needed to come together.

These socks have a kind of heel and a kind of toe that I haven't done on any of my other dozen or more sock designs. 
I show you the two toes because the one on the top is done the way I usually do them--decrease every other round. The one on bottom is a more graduated decrease--every fourth round once, every third round twice, every other round three times, and then every round for the last few. As you can see, the second method leaves you with a longer toe section, but they both block up round. Why are these socks made with two different toes? I would love to say that it was a planned experiment, but, no. I didn't pay attention to my own pattern on the first sock and just got giddy to finish and assumed. Yep, it happens to me, too.

Oh, and not only that, but even though I had already edited the pattern as I knit the first sock? Yeah, I found a tiny typo in it. I sent out the update yesterday morning, y'all.

The best thing about these socks?
My friend Shelly dyed the yarn. 
She named it Sage Hen and I can see why. There are so many shades of sage and little moments of rust and the lightest of blues.

Shelly isn't dyeing yarn anymore, at least not for selling. She's a nurse now. I think there's something at once criminal and wonderful about that.

So cozy


Caffeine Girl said...

Beautiful socks. A really perfect match of yarn and pattern.

Jen Hagan said...

Thank you, CG! Sorry I've gone missing and haven't responded. ;-(