April Socks - updated

These are the latest socks. They took exactly 4 weeks to knit; the second in only 10 days. I would've been faster if I'd not been reading so much. LOL
The yarn is from Mary Maxim and was a gift. These socks will be given to a friend who admires the colors. Not that I'm too butch to wear them myself.
ETA: The colors are way too orange...the yellow stripes are actually a light gray. I hope to get better photos and repost them.

4/21/2015 - Here are the latest photos. Much better and were shot in bright sunshine so are a bit washed out.

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Comments

ronhuber's picture

Great looking socks, Joe. Tell us what you were reading. It must have been good to keep you from knitting.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Ron. I've been reading a wide variety of books. The majority have been mysteries although I can say that the last three are the first volumes of Ariana Franklin's "Mistress of the Art of Death" series. [I'm getting ready to start the fourth book later today.]
I have always been a voracious reader and cover a wide range of subjects. When greatly deprived of books, I've even been known to read labels and such. True story. Luckily, there are always books to be had in my personal collections and the public library.
I should rekindle my skill at reading whilst knitting. Garter stitch projects [and simple socks] work really well for that.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

GLADDINGVANDERIPE's picture

I wear orange socks! I wear bright wild colors to break up my boring day! I love the color!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks...the new photos are more true to life, although the gray is a bit darker [just a fraction] than is shown.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Crafty Andy's picture

Your socks look fantastic, great job!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thank you, Andy. I greatly appreciate the compliment.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

bobinthebul's picture

Great socks! The heel stitch looks different, what did you do there?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Bob. The heel stitch is my standard: Twisted Eye of Partridge, edged by 4 garter stitches with a chain selvedge. When working the Eye of Partridge, I slip the slip stitches knit-wise [rather than purl-wise] then purl back as usual on the wrong side row. I knit the first and last 4 stitches of every row, slipping the last stitch of the row purl-wise with the yarn in front. [That creates the chain selvedge that is easier to pick up into.] I feel the garter stitch border helps the heel flap snug up to the back of the foot better and is a trick I picked up from Elizabeth Zimmermann's books.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Bill's picture

I like that " Twisted Eye of Partridge" Joe...have to try that...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Bill. I find that the twisting helps keep the slipped and knit stitches more even, height-wise, and the Eye of Partridge patterning makes for a smoother fabric than regular heel stitch.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

JRob's picture

Joe, Really nice, love the sherbet color. JRob

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

"Sherbet color." Wow...what a great description. It captures the socks perfectly. Thanks for the compliments.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Joe,
I really like your socks...but I always have. You have inspired me so often with your work.

These socks are a nice cool color. I also like the "sherbet" description of JRob. They ware perfect for summertime.

Mark

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Mark. My friend was overjoyed to receive them and also loved the "sherbet" description for the colors.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.