Saturday, August 9, 2014

Monkey Socks

I finally finished the Monkey Socks I started knitting in Vancouver last month. I have to admit I did not enjoy knitting this pattern but I love the way they look and feel on my feet. Patterned socks are so pretty but I prefer a non-sensical approach to knitting socks, which means just doing a plain and simple sock. I made a lot of counting errors and had to unknit a row here and there. Each of the eight rows in the pattern is different, so I got a bit mixed up when talking or watching TV.
You'll notice a little problem here with the yarn. The first sock, on the left, is a different color than the second sock. I have written to the person I bought the yarn from to ask if she has any clue why this happened. It's not a big deal to me, but I would like to avoid this in the future.
Monkey Socks
I like knitting the Fish Lips Kiss heel so much that I have it memorized and don't think I will try anything else. But, I really should try to challenge myself with a new heel technique.
Monkey Socks
I also like following the Fish Lips Kiss heel pattern instructions for making the sock to fit your own foot. That means a longer toe than most patterns call for. The author suggests having the toe end at the top of your pinky toe before starting a patterned sock.
Monkey Socks
The pattern really is a pretty one and looks lovely in this yarn. This is the eighth pair of socks I have finished since starting my first pair last September while at Sewing Summit. 
Monkey Socks

Sock Stats:
Pattern: Toe Up Monkey Socks
Yarn: Wonder Sock Yarn from Gale's Art on Etsy, Graffiti and Asphalt colorway
          75% wool, 25% nylon, 3.5 oz., 465 yards
Needles: Addi Turbo Sock Rockets 40"circular needles US size 1, 2.5 mm

I really want to find some Opel Hundertwasser sock wool for my next pair of socks. I went to my local yarn store, which happens to be owned by a woman from Austria. You'd think she'd have this yarn, but she said she doesn't carry it any more. It's self patterning. My friend, Helen in Switzerland, just made a great looking pair. I am going to hunt down some of this yarn on the internet.

**I heard back from Gale's Art and she assured me the color change is just a normal color variance as a result of the dyeing process. That's good to know.

This is my first finish on the 3rd quarter finish along list.

 Finish Along 2014


gpc said...

It looks like they have the yarn you want on the Hot Yarns website ( -- beautiful socks! :)

Dianne Neale said...

Lovely Di - so neat. And the pattern does show up after all!

Lynz said...

They are so lovely!! My winter list this year includes knitting my first socks. I haven't a clue where to start but I am determined! And the Hundertwasser yarn is incredible!

Katy Cameron said...

Very nice :o) I can remember as a child my mum obsessively hunting out the same dye lots on balls of wool so that they would all blend nicely in whatever she was knitting, but I'm not sure if multicoloured batches would have dye lots!

CitricSugar said...

Gorgeous socks! I usually knit the heel the pattern calls for but I'm quite partial to an eye of partridge heel, both for fit and for its endurance. I will check out that Fish Lips Kiss one though...

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Hi Diane, I'll send you some…what sort of colors would you like? (I never mind an excuse to wander into the crazy yarn shop in Zürich!). Let me know and I'll spring into action!