Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Not Finished, not Done...

But almost on both accounts!

There are still 3 ends to weave in, and the toe to shape and finish.. but ROY G BIV the third is finished. And they look good!--but you'll have to wait till tomorrow to see the finished results.

I love color work in knitting-- always have—I learned it long long ago, when I was too you and stupid to know that is was thought to be hard—and lacking that knowledge—I didn't find it hard!

There are so many options to incorporated color—you only have to look back at the past few months, to know—I love self striping and self patterning yarns—this is color work at the easiest. I frequently add a solid yarn to commercial color ways—to make them more of my own—but really—self striping and self patterning yarns are a great way to get started with color work.

These socks a perfect testament to color work that I often advocate for beginners—stripes (look at the pattern—simple stripes—on the sole). Stripes are often overlooked—but custom stripes are worth all the effort of weaving in the ends. Getting the colors and proportions YOU want is always is worth the effort. Random stripes, and spiral stripes are other options (been there, done those too!)are other often overlooked options for beginning color work.

Now, look the pattern—the simplest pattern—stripes and slip stitches. The stitch pattern is based on 'scattered oats' Kx, then do a double wrapped stitch. Slip the double wrap for a few rows (rounds) and then, drop it, knit 2 (or 3) and knit the dropped stitch.

The double wrap create the ease needed for the elongated stitch, and the drop, knit some and then knit the drop stitch created the movement.

I was looking for something like the effect of rain drops--(and rainbow stripes) and I also want to break up the straight line of the simples stripes—but this scattered oats stitch also look lovely worked in a single color.

I've done elaborated color work in socks—and I've done the simplest of sock with nothing but a self striping or patterning yarn. These socks rather simple as a process—stripes and slip stitches are easy beginner techniques. And the color choices—the spectrum—are hardly difficult ones to work out.

But there is a gestalt—the total is greater than the sum of all the parts. Some commenter's have called them happy socks—and they are—Rain drop and grey—and a rainbow.. what could be happier?


Virginia G said...

Thank you for the insight into your sock process. Really super cool.

I might actually be inspired to try a pair soon. Maybe.

And those socks truly are beautiful. I'm so excited by the idea of rainbow socks!

plnc said...

I love your socks and you are very inspiring!

Emily said...

Love the socks! I laughed when you talked about being a kid and not knowing colorwork is "supposed" to be difficult ;)