Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Sweet Valentine Socks Completed

Opal UNI-Solid Sweet Valentine socks completedThey were knit from Opal UNI-Solid #11 using the February pattern in the Sock Journal.

The pattern is well designed to be beautiful and fit well. It's one of the few times I've followed a pattern without making any changes.

I've learned that there needs to be some type of ribbing integrated with a lace pattern for lace socks to stay up and be pretty.

When there is ribbing, the ribbing absorbs the difference in leg circumference and the lace looks even. I've made lace socks without integrated ribbing where the stretched upper cuff lace looks completely different than the ankle area lace.

I've also learned the yarn needs to be monotone or very close to monotone to show off a lace pattern.

A few years ago I knit Modern Romance, the February lace sock in the Sock Calendar, out of red Opal Crocodile II. The lace doesn't show because of the Crocodile and the Crocodile doesn't look pretty because of the lace.

After a lot of work - I even carried the lace pattern down the instep - I ended up with one of the ugliest pair of socks I own. Even though they are knit from a lovely lace pattern with lovely yarn, lovely plus lovely resulted in yuck.

If anyone wants to see them, I can dig out a picture. Let me know.

Sunny sitting in the rocking chair waiting to see what we're going to knit nextHere's Sunny sitting in my kitchen knitting chair.

"What are we going to knit next, Mom?"

If she could read this post, she would be surprised to learn that we're going to be using a patterned yarn to knit a pair of lace socks with no integrated ribbing.

Some rules are made to be broken. Picture soon.


Anonymous said...

Those have to be about the prettiest pair of socks I've ever seen. I haven't been able to find the UNI-Solid in my area. I'll have to check out the catalogs. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love the pink heart socks! Wish I could find some of the uni-solid yarn to make some.

Anonymous said...

Would love to see the ugly socks!! I'm betting that they aren't all that bad. I love the pink Uni socks. How pretty. And your dog is so cute. Joanne

Susan said...

Those are beautiful, Marguerite.
And, I like the ugly ones, too.

Marsha said...

These socks are gorgeous!!! My LYS doesn't carry the uni-solids yet. I love that they carry the Opal, but they aren't great at keeping up with the new ones.