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Tidal Wave Socks

Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake
Free pattern from South West Trading Company
www.soysilk.com/

Knit from Ellens 1/2 Pint Farm hand-dyed wool/tencel fingering, "Evening Shadows" colorway

This was my first top-down sock project. I did the lace pattern all the way down the front of the sock instead of stopping at the heel. The yarn is luscious and perfect for the simple lace pattern. The top-down construction method was easy; the only problem I had was with the kitchener toe.

Jury's out on whether the socks wear well. (I am hard on socks.)

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/tidal-wave-socks



Tidal wave socks
tidal wave socks2.jpg

Side view
tidal wave socks1.jpg

Heel
tidal wave heel.jpg

Comments

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aquaeri
Dec. 5th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
Lovely. I hope you get some wear out of them.
firecat
Dec. 5th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've worn them twice so far. They are thinner than my standard socks so I think wearing them in tighter shoes will help; they make my feet slide around in my standard shoes.
elissaann
Dec. 5th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
They're gorgeous!

Maybe I should rethink my neutral-color sock wardrobe.
firecat
Dec. 5th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
It took me a while to decide to knit socks because I thought "Why spend all that money and time on something I can buy for $5?" But then I tried anyway. And I found that having socks that I knit myself completely delights me. Fun colors are a bonus.
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opus119
Dec. 5th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
They look too beautiful to wear. Maybe save them for special occasions only.
firecat
Dec. 5th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I think I won't be wearing them for dog walking any more, but I'm generally not a "save things for special occasions" kind of gal. I would rather be regularly delighted by something even if I don't get to keep it for long than to set it aside (where I tend to forget about it).
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firecat
Dec. 5th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I branched out a tiny bit from my usual purples-only color scheme with this pair - it has some green in it. :)
jinian
Dec. 5th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Shiny!
firecat
Dec. 5th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks. They really are kind of shiny!
pixiecrinkle
Dec. 5th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
Pretty!

I noticed on your ravelry entry it says these are your first top-down socks. Could you recommend a good, easy to understand toe-up pattern to someone who has only made top-down? I've tried the Wendy's Toe Up pattern that comes up in google and my brain doesn't get it. I have some koigu that I want to make the tallest socks possible out of, so I'd like to give toe-up another go.
annaoj
Dec. 5th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
I use a mishmosh of patterns, but I do really like what I've come up with in the combination.
I use the "magic cast on" method, and usually cast on a total of 20 stitches. Then I increase to size according to the size charts in Sensational Knitted Socks.
If I use a stitch pattern, it's usually from SKS.
I use the short row heel from SKS, but use the wrap pickup technique from misocrafty (http://misocrafty.squarespace.com/journal/2006/9/21/short-row-heel-tutorial.html), which results in hole-free heels.
In terms of binding off, I have mostly used the Zimmerman sewn bind off, but I've also used the bind off here: http://www.grumperina.com/knitblog/archives/2006/06/so_i_knit_him_a_1.htm which results in a pretty loose cuff.
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porcinea
Dec. 5th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous!!!!
firecat
Dec. 5th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) :)
ex_serenejo
Dec. 5th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
Those are totally squee-worthy! I love pretty socks (which is something, because in general, I don't like socks).
firecat
Dec. 5th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love making pretty socks, even though in general I don't like pretty. ;-)
prairierabbit
Dec. 5th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Lovely! Both the pattern and the yarn are yummy.
firecat
Dec. 6th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
Thanks!
submarine_bells
Dec. 5th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
What lovely socks! Go you! :-)
firecat
Dec. 6th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! [*scrambles after next sock project*]
pir_anha
Dec. 6th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: Tidal Wave Socks
that's a gorgeous pattern, a pretty yarn, and it looks like they came out well!
firecat
Dec. 6th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
Re: Tidal Wave Socks
Thanks - yes I'm quite pleased :)
mjlayman
Dec. 6th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh! Very pretty!
firecat
Dec. 6th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!
demonspawnmom
Dec. 6th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
They look fabulous and comfortable!
firecat
Dec. 6th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! They came out really soft.
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