Friday, 16 October 2009

FO: Leyburn Sock

 (I meant to do a  lovely outdoor photo shoot, complete with leaves that matched the yellow socks, but the daylight just doesn't wait for me to get out of the office, it seems! So, I give you my blue bathroom.)


Whew, this was a tough one for me!! I frogged this sock at least 4 different times, frustrated that I couldn't get the stitch to look quite right. In the end, I decided to forge on regardless, and hope that blocking would work miracles.


You may recall that this sock is part of a very fun sock swap with Eliza, who knit the first sock, and then sent it to me with the yarn for the 2nd sock. You can't have second sock syndrome if you don't have to knit two identical socks!!  A brilliant idea. Until I started to fight with my sock. 

Pattern: Leyburn Socks 

Needles: 2.75 mm dpns 

Yarn: Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino  

Mods: none

Once the sock was blocked, I realized what was driving me nuts while knitting it- I wasn't getting row gauge. Usually, I don't care about row gauge, I'm more concerned with how wide the item turns out to be, and I add length to pretty much everything I knit, using other favourite items as sizing templates (and I swatch!) But I never gave a fig about row gauge. But you know how the knitting gods are- they never forget a slight. And they lie in wait to wreak their vengeance! The sock I knitted is on the left in the photo below:


Although if a lovely sock (albeit a very challenging knit for me) is vengeance, then I admire the knitting gods in all their wisdom. Damn cute, socks, no? Even if they are slightly different.

23 comments:

Ibunnysavetroy said...

yeah I had tons of issues with that pattern - it never looked quite right to me either!

prelapsaria said...

Soooo cute!! That yellow is such a yummy color.

Phoe said...

That is my fear on those sock swap things, I know I'll never get my sock to look the same. That said, those are still cute! Love the yellow. And your shoes. :)

NJ said...

Cute Socks. I love the shoes too!

Maryse said...

Yes, very nice socks and shoes! Gauge... ah, it took me a while to understand its importance, but now I do too!

J. said...

Oh dear. You're making me nervous - I have a similar attitude towards row gauge, and one of these days. . .

Your socks are lovely, though, the colour is brilliant.

yoel said...

Love the bright yellow with the patent leather!

Aesderina said...

i love the colour of the yarn! So beautiful.
sock swap.. what a fantastic idea... although I'm not sure I can stand the different gauge... but it's it on your feet and usually hidden in your shoes!!

hibou said...

I think the blue tile is a perfect match for the sunny yellow yarn. The gauge may have been a struggle, but the sock looks great! That stitch definition is glory!

Adriana said...

Very cute socks!! I had trouble with row gauge on Leyburn too. I finally gave up after my second attempt resulted in feet that were much too long. I'm glad you persevered and it is lovely!

Jeanette said...

What a fabulous color of koigu!

I love the idea of a sock swap, but the idea of knitting something to match something someone else has knitted terrifies me. Your sock looks pretty damn close, and I feel that's all that can be expected when trying to match a peer's knitting.

Also, those shoes are SO CUTE.

Michele said...

Cute socks - cute shoes too! The socks looks beautiful! It looks like you did a great job considering the difficulties you had.

Michele said...

Best color ever!

weezalana said...

Matchy matchy schmatchy schmatchy. I think they look fab and very chic!

Sandy said...

What fabulous socks!

Jennifer said...

These are so freaking cute! Love the bright yellow and looks adorable with those shoes. Your perseverance paid off!

Rima said...

OMG. How cute are they! And yellow! Just perfect.

Erin said...

Ohhh, i love those socks. Yellow!

Sarah said...

Those are great and the shoes are really cute too - perfect for showing off your work.

Erin said...

I love them with those shoes!

CanarySanctuary said...

So cute! And I love the colour :)

Hilary said...

They look great! The color will be so nice and cheery on grey fall days. I also LOVE the photo with the socks against the blue tile!

nasseknits said...

I like them! Great color and super cute with those shoes!