New Socks, Two Socks

June 17, 2008 § 10 Comments

Here’s an easy game to play.
Here’s an easy thing to say…
New socks. Two Socks.
Whose socks? Sue’s socks.

~ Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

Well, not really socks for Sue, but socks for me. I love Dr. Seuss books. And… I love knitting socks. Another pair. Finished.

When I first started knitting these socks the yarn scared me a little bit. It’s quite a bit brighter than what I normally knit for socks! There were a couple of false starts and some frogging. Then I stumbled on a pattern from The New Knitting Stitch Library by Lesley Stanfield, modified it to fit a sock and it seemed to muddy the colors a little more, scaring me a little less. Plus… I read in Charlene Schurch’s book Sensational Knitted Socks that she calls the soles of socks worked in a reverse stockinette stitch “Princess Foot” because she feels it is more comfortable to walk on the knit side of the fabric rather than the purl side. I just had to try it to see if it was true.

While writing quilting patterns is something I like to do, writing knitting patterns scares me. Despite my fears, here’s the pattern for my socks, so named because the twisted stitch creates a trellis-like pattern.

§ 10 Responses to New Socks, Two Socks

  • isabel says:

    Thank you very, very much!
    I’ll certainly try it. They are beautiful!

  • knittinginpink says:

    What a wonderful pattern. Thank you very much!

  • Emily says:

    Yay! Thanks for sharing the pattern! I wonder if I’ll be able to tell a difference between knit-side purl-side inside. There’s a poem in there somewhere.

  • sheepishone says:

    i made snicket socks, which are similar to yours, and too thought that the princess foot would be better suited to the pattern. i didn’t end up doing it, though, because i was not grasping the idea of a heel turn with the purls. i’ll have to check out your pattern! thanks in advance.

  • Monica says:

    They are gorgeous!!!!!

  • ivoryspring says:

    Beautiful sock, Anita! Good job!!

  • Ravenhill says:

    Those are some gorgeous socks!!! The color is out of this world beautiful and I love the pattern.

  • KT says:

    Those are fantastic socks! I want to knit these as kneesocks- they are gorgeous! Great job and the diamond pattern is a favorite of mine. I’ll try to stop by the shop the week. Again- beautiful work.

  • Nancy Rink says:

    Your socks reminded me of a great Pablo Neruda poem. Here it is:
    Ode to a pair of socks

    Maru Mori brought me
    a pair
    of socks
    that she knit with her
    shepherd’s hands.
    Two socks as soft
    as rabbit fur.
    I thrust my feet
    inside them
    as if they were
    little boxes
    from threads
    of sunset
    and sheepskin.

    My feet were
    two woolen
    in those outrageous socks,
    two gangly,
    navy-blue sharks
    on a golden thread,
    two giant blackbirds,
    two cannons:
    were my feet
    They were
    so beautiful
    I found my feet
    for the very first time,
    like two crusty old
    firemen, firemen
    of that embroidered
    those incandescent

    I fought
    the sharp temptation
    to put them away
    the way schoolboys
    fireflies in a bottle,
    the way scholars
    holy writ.
    I fought
    the mad urge
    to lock them
    in a golden
    and feed them birdseed
    and morsels of pink melon
    every day.
    Like jungle
    who deliver a young deer
    of the rarest species
    to the roasting spit
    then wolf it down
    in shame,
    I stretched
    my feet forward
    and pulled on
    and over them
    my shoes.

    So this is
    the moral of my ode:
    beauty is beauty
    twice over
    and good things are doubly
    when you’re talking about a pair of wool
    in the dead of winter.

    taken from Odes to Common Things

  • Cissy says:

    You did a wonderful job with these socks, and I thank you for sharing the pattern, creative person!

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