Monday, November 30, 2009

Big Red Stripes Socks

Lookey here! Christmas socks early!

Posing on Holly bushes....
Socks on Holly...

Heel pic!
Heel pic

Of course the toe pic!
Toe pic!
Since the bottom toe was cast on a year ago and the tail woven in, I had to gestimate to start the top one. Not too bad....

My newest bind off...
ahhhh..
Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off (Youtube link) to be known as JSSBO (knitty link), much easier to say...let alone do! There is also a cast on...will be using that for the next pair of cuff downs too.

I've seen a few others use it and thought..hey, although I don't mind the kitchner bind off, with a 3 x 1 rib, I knew the K-bind off wouldn't work for this pair. I researched to see if you had to have a 2 x 2 or 1 x 1 rib to do the JSSBO, didn't see anything and thought...what the hay...worst case scenario, I'd have to pull it out and do over. Not like that doesn't happen at least 2 times when I do a sewn bind off.
JSSBO
I just love this bind off. The only thing that makes it a bit slow for me is remembering which way I do a YO...yes, them damn YO's, a bain of mine in whatever I'm doing... It is so stretchy and fits well. I look forward to trying this bind off on something other than socks too.

Big Red Stripe Socks
My own sock recipe (see Cristi...I can knit without a pattern...sorta ;)!!)
Toe up, afterthought heel (the only one to use on self striping IMHO), 3 x 1 rib, JSSBO

Started: May 2008---These were car socks for a long while... Sock 1 has had many a different needle used. All done magic looped but I tried those square circs...ugh!! I really liked the needle, it was the cable that made it so hard to move along and knit. Then I went to my Inox, then to my beloved HiyaHiya's...
Finished: Sock 2 started November 23rd and both finished November 29th.
sKNITches Syncopation in Loopy's Red Socks (limited LE colorway, not sure if it is still available)
2.5mm circular, magic looped

Very soft yarn. After soaking, even softer. I have about 1.6 oz left as I only knit 4.5" of cuff. Great yardage in this skein, you may see a pair of footies someday.

1 week for a sock is a record for me. Hubby was recovering from gall bladder surgery, so I had lots of down time babysitting nursing him ;) He's doing good, and back to work tomorrow. 1 week out, times have changed for this surgery...

15 comments:

Chris said...

Stripey fun! Thanks for the bind-off link, too.

chemgrrl said...

So cute and Christmas-y! Love.

Karen said...

Those are so gorgeous. Hmmm, a yarn I don't have in my stash. Didn't think it was possible. Hee hee.

turtlegirl76 said...

Yay socks without a pattern! They look great! And the heels are perfect!

Glad your hubby recuperated well. =)

Stacey said...

Those are fantastic! :) I love the afterthought heel with stripey yarn as well.

Glad the hubby is better!

Trillian42 said...

They're beautiful!

And tell hubby I know what he's going through. I had mine out almost 9 years ago. Warn him to reintroduce fat VERY SLOWLY into his diet. I know whereof I speak... :)

weezalana said...

Gorgeous, and oh-so-festive! Great pics, too!

DPUTiger said...

Those socks look great! Nicely done!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Fabulous!!! Those are too cute!! Hope DH is feeling better soon!

freshisle said...

So pretty!
I haven't heard much good about those square needles. I don't think I'm going to need to even try them.

Dave said...

I love these socks -- they just look so very very happy!!

And the heels are absolute perfection.

Cookie said...

Love!

Sandra said...

honey, I simply adore those socks! great!
But most of all - thanks for the links for stretchy Bind off!Something I needed!

cpurl17 said...

Those are soooo cute (and I'm so behind on keepign up wiht my blogs!!)

Carol said...

That's not a Giftmas sock. That's a Cat in the Hat sock! Just my opinion of course. And its's VERY nice.

Glad the gallbladder surgery recovery went well.