Friday, February 08, 2008

Buttery Cables

Mmm...


Pattern
: BFF Socks by Cookie A.
Yarn: Koigu, KPM, 2181
Needles: US 1.5, 2
Cabled without a cable needle per Grumperina
Notes: I used a slip stitch heel and omitted the purl detail at the toe... only because I neglect to read directions.

The one thing that's important... if you ever want to make these and have more than a size 6 or 7 womens foot... BUY 3 hanks of yarn! I used every last bit of yarn on these socks. The only thing left was the bits I cut off the ends, seriously! Scary. I had started them for myself, but there was no way they were going to make it. As is, they are 9-1/4" long in the foot. I need 10-1/2"... so... be careful with this one!

I learned how to cable without a cable needle for these. Only in one direction though. When I tried it on Moms Scarf I was ok with the front cable, but not the back. Guess I'll look that up if I ever use it again. I didn't like going without a cable needle on the scarf though... too many stitches. But it was perfect for these socks. I love learning a new trick!

I had thought about putting these away for a gift to my Mom or MIL who both have little feet. However, I put in a little extra height in the flap... and Koigu isn't superwash. I just am not sure I trust those two with that kind of washing responsibility! So, knowing that Meghann has a high instep I asked her if they would fit... and she said they would. So Meghann is getting a new pair of socks! Even the Knitter needs a hand knit gift now and then right?

I'm starting to think I have a fancy sock curse. Every time I make a fancy sock, it's too small or I run out of yarn or or... it just never works out. All my fancy socks end up as gifts or frogged. Which is fine in a way, I love giving gifts! But my sock drawer is mostly full of plain knit socks. Kind of funny. Ah someday... someday it'll work right?

7 comments:

Meghann said...

Whooppeee!!! I can't wait to get them:)

Hattie said...

Mmmm those are gorgeous. I bet if it wasn't for the cables you would have had enough yarn. I might have to make a pair of those now...

Wendee said...

Those are buttery good. Lovely work!

SJ said...

Pretty! Lucky Meghann!

I also have large-ish feet (9.75 inches), so I've learned to use the low-yardage sock yarns for very plain socks or socks with short legs. One bright side is that Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock has made me some very tall socks and always given me generous leftovers!

tiennie said...

These are so very pretty!

Elinor said...

Oooh, these must be the socks! They're really pretty! I've had the same yardage issues with Louet's sock yarn. I think it comes with 175 yds. It's too bad yarn companies are to cheap to skein enough yarn for a man or woman's foot.

abunchofus said...

absolutely gorgeous socks! beautiful!