September 11, 2005
Magic knitting gnome
I must have a magic knitting gnome living in my knitting basket because it seems that these socks appeared out of nowhere! I mean, did you see me knitting them? Nope!
But here they are, and they come with quite a story.
Click on the extended entry to read more.
Several months ago, Paula and I agreed to a sock exchange – I knit a pair for her, and she, for me.
Before even a second e-mail was exchanged regarding this swap, I knew exactly the yarn I wanted to use - Art Yarns Supermerino. I had seen Kate knit with this luscious yarn, and I had heard many great reviews elsewhere.
Mmm hmm, colorway 106, also known as, perfection!
And then things got gloomy.
Paula started buying Art Yarn stuff.
And lots of it.
She was in a tizzy, and so was I! She was buying Art Yarns like it was going out of style! I nervously read her e-mails and blog, waiting for the moment she would buy the exact colorway I had chosen for her. She didn’t disappoint – voilà!
How many of you received a panicked e-mail from me that day? Thank you for keeping me calm, for encouraging me to cast on.
And cast on I did! This is a worsted weight yarn, and I decided to knit it on size 3 needles for a nice, tight gauge, to prolong the lifetime of these socks. I used a funky cast-on from Nancy Bush’s Knitting on the Road, and then I made up a simple slip-stitch pattern to get nice striping:
And that was that! Fortunately, Paula hasn’t knit up that colorway into a sock yet, so mine are unique. For now :).
Here is Miss Black Olive herself, modeling the goods:
They fit, and Paula seems to really like them :). She also really liked the sock sleeve, the idea for which I blatantly stole from Carolyn.
I think only a Designer like Paula would immediately pick up that, yes, that Hello Kitty matches the socks. What can I say, I'm a Photoshop ho!
As for the socks Paula knit for me, they are just fabulous! So cheery and sunny and cotton!
I really do love these socks - thank you, Paula!
I know Paula will post a similar entry soon (uhm, as soon as I e-mail her the photos from my camera), so go over to her blog and read more!