Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Seawall Socks

These. Socks. Took. Forever!
I started them when we were in Vancouver in July and just finished them a few weeks ago. I would put them down and pick up another knitting project when I needed something a little more mind-less. The pattern by Tin Can Knits for the Seawall Socks can be found on Ravelry here. It is a beautiful pattern but not one that I could easily memorize, so I was constantly referring to my pattern, row by row. Sometimes it's nice to take it slow and really take my time with a knitting project. I am usually the queen of the quick finishes, but not so with this one. The pattern can be knit toe up or top down. I decided to knit them toe up, my favorite way to knit socks.
 seawall socks

The yarn that I chose to use is a beautiful "limited edition" Incredible Sock from Sunrise Fiber Co. I don't even remember where I bought it, but I probably saw it on Instagram and then was redirected to their Etsy store. It's so soft and squishy and was a good choice to show off this pattern. 

I had a little problem with laddering up the sides. I've been pretty lucky lately, most times knowing how to avoid this problem, but not so with this pattern. There were a lot of knit through the back stitches and I think that might have been my problem. I'm still too new of a knitter to be able to figure out what I am doing wrong in instances like this.

I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern again, because it fits my foot and heel the best. I tried to maintain the pattern through the heel, as suggested in the instructions, but I ended up with what looks like a seed stitch half-way through the heel. I actually like the way it looks. The heel in each sock ended up looking a little different from each other. I'm OK with that.

I have tried so many different patterns for a stretchy bind-off. The next pair of socks I make I want to try this one.  If you have a favorite stretchy bind-off technique I would love to know what it is. I have taught myself to knit using YouTube videos when I need a lesson. I am always learning new techniques and trying different ways to make my stitches look better.

These socks will be very cozy and comfortable to wear, especially this week. We are expecting rain, again. We might see some relief to our California drought if this weather pattern keeps up. I just love these cooler, wetter days of winter.

seawall socks tincan knits

Today was a perfect January California day. It was cool, crisp, perfect sweater weather. These are the days I like to keep secret from those of you freezing in the mid-west and east. January and February are, in my humble opinion, the best months in California.

Sock Stats:
Pattern: Seawall Socks by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Incredible Sock Yarn 75% Super wash Merino/25% Nylon Color: Unfolding
Needles: Addi Turbo Sock Rockets US size 1 (2.5mm) 24" circular 
Blocked using Soak


Sally said...

These socks are really beautiful! I love the fact that you are okay with them not being textbook perfect. That's how I am :) Someday, I will summon the energy to knit a pair of socks (so far, I knit one sock several years ago and then stopped)

Melody A. said...

such gorgeous socks, Congratulations on finishing them !! It is good they turned out well and fit your feet and will give you joy every time you wear them !! from Iowa

Susan Snooks said...

You really are the Sock Queen, Di! I think I would struggle knitting the cable, let alone working them into a complicated construction like a sock! They are such a pretty colour too.

ritainalaska said...

gorgeous sox! love traveling and twisted stitches! try googling 'old Norwegian bindoff' ... very stretchy!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Very pretty Di!