Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Under the Wire

These are for my mother's birthday, which is Friday. I finished them just before noon and mailed them off, with the post office's assurances that they would be in California in two days. Whew! Kind of silly to spend months on a pair of socks and then rush through the finishing. I didn't have time to wash them – although I'm partly glad because I would be so depressed if they pilled too much right away. The cuffs were already looking discouragingly frayed; I had to trim off the fuzz and
escaping antennae. I liked knitting with the Regia Silk, and it looks very nice, but I don't know if I'll get much feedback on how it wears. (Or even *if* it's worn. We shall not think of that!:)

Not being pure silk, these do not drape in the luxurious manner of the book illustration; however they did insist on posing with pearls, just like in the book.

In the end, the fit was OK. If I made another pair, which I probably won't, I would change the shape of the heel flap. And I'm sure there were some minor errors in the pattern that aren't in the errata. But overall, a very nice pattern.

By a stroke of knitter's luck, a piece of our car began dragging on the ground yesterday and I had to spend the morning at the Honda dealership while it was repaired. Only $20.99 (to replace broken clips on the undercarriage) and more than an hour of uninterrupted, guilt-free daytime knitting! I was very happy.

Pattern: Anniversary Socks, from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks
Yarn: Regia Silk, Color 002
Needles: Knitpicks Options DPN, Size 2.5 mm (The size between a U.S. 1 and 2)
Modifications: Only to fix errors. If you make these, CHECK THE CORRECTIONS!!!!


kathy in juneau said...

Yay! I've been watching for these to show up. They're gorgeous!! Love the sock/pearl photos!! Congrats for getting them done in time!

Anonymous said...

They turned out beautiful! I love the pearls in the modelling shots.

tiennie said...

Beautifully done!

Teal said...

Very elegant and nice work getting them done before the deadline. I had a similar experience with Regia silk socks and I've worn mine. They wash fine but there are a couple of places where they rub on my shoes and they've fuzzed as you described. Very soft and comfortable though.

C├ęcile said...

These are lovely. I hope your mom likes them. I love how you enjoyed sitting and waiting for you car. Unfortunately any time that happens to me I don't have my knitting handy--or I'm at a point where I need to check the directions and I don't have them.

I started knitting for dolls after my sons grew up. I don't know what the family thought at first. I have never knit socks for dolls though. That's impressive.

Ceci from Ravelry

zippiknits said...

Those are so beautiful. Now I have to have that darn book. hehe