Sunday, August 02, 2009

Luxury toes

I should call them vacation/emergency knitting socks though. I started them a few days before we left for vacation. Knit on them a bit on and off during the 2 weeks.

I was almost to the cuff before our extended vacation started. Glad I had them, especially during the first day or so, just plain knitting was soothing.

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Started sock 2 on the day we got the van back and I admit, the foot is a bit tighter in tension due to our tenseness in getting back on the road. They fit fine and that's good.

A new technique for me.
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Kitchner bind off and it is awesome! I saw Cristi using this technique and had no idea it existed.
I love it and it will always be my bind off for toe ups. If you already hate the dreaded K'stitch, don't bother, if you don't like it for less then 10 sts..um..you aren't going to like it for 60 or so!

Toe Pic
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Afterthought heel, my heel of choice from now on with self-striping. I was originally going to use a heel flap pattern, but I didn't like how the striping was coming out and yeah..I like things to match as much as possible.
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An afterthought one is so much better. The yarn is soft and squooshy. My first Yarntini yarn I've knit with too. (must knit, not collect!)

Luxury Socks
Luxury Toes
Yartini Sport in Luxury Colorway
US 2 (2.75mm) on 2 circulars
Started June 22, 2009 - Finished July 30, 2009

17 comments:

Dee said...

I love how the heels turned out. I don't mind kitchner stitch. I might have to try that bind off if I ever do toe-ups.

Corrina said...

Those are lovely! You know, I think I need to make myself some socks like that!

WingedStrategos said...

Congrats on finishing the socks. They look really nice with the afterthought heel.

I think I'm going to have to try that bind off on my current pair of socks. Thanks for the link.

Elke said...

I'm super impressed by how well your stripes match up! Thanks for the recommendation for the kitchener bind-off. I tend to avoid knitting toe-up because I haven't found a bind-off I like yet. =/

Also, I have those same sock blockers! I like your taste. :)

Lindsay said...

Those look great! I love the colors.

Discoknits said...

SUCH a great match. Very nice socks indeed.

Sandra said...

I know about that caso-off technique but has never tried it!
Great socks!

Kaye said...

So now I have to ask--what's the advantage of the kitchener bind off? More stretchiness? (Not that I'd ever do it--I hate kitchener ;-))

Very cool coloring. Awesome that they matched perfectly!

Jo said...

Very nice - I really need to get more adventurous in my sock knitting.

turtlegirl76 said...

Don't you just love how it looks so perfect with 2x2 ribbing? And super stretchy! Gotta love it. The heels look great too. I can't believe how well you got them to match!

Stacey said...

Those are cute! I'm going to have to try that bind off, I actually like kitchner stitch

Chris said...

Stripey!!!

kemtee said...

Ooo. Very nice. All matchy-matchy.

I like the kitchener bind-off, too. Never have to worry about too-tight cuffs ever again!

weezalana said...

Excellent striping! I'd consider afterthought heels for self-striping yarns, but my desire to match is overcome by my non-desire to weave in ends. :P

Marisol said...

I absolutely love these! I tried learning how to do that kitchener bind off this weekend form Deb Barnhill. I was so freakin' tired all I could do was stare at her. I finally just got up and left. Didn't learn a thing in that one hour. But hey I think I have the handout:)

Marissa said...

Perfectly matched. It's creepy, really, that you pulled that off.

DPUTiger said...

Those socks are great! Nicely done! Yes, I am catching up on a metric ton of blog reading. Why do you ask? ;-)