Friday, August 07, 2009

Stripe by Stripe

Thank goodness that step by step, stripe by stripe I've finally made it to Friday. I've been so tired all week that some evenings one stripe of five rows was a tall order but little by little a good life is accomplished and its really good to have another FO.Pattern: Plain stocking stitch with a 7 stitch 1x1 rib running down the back; I knit from both ends of the ball in alternating five row stripes
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock - S184
Needles: 2.5mm DPNs
Started: 10 April 2009
Finished: 7 August 2009
I used the stationary jogless stripes technique from Techknitter to try and minimise the jogs where I changed colours and I hid them in the rib at the back and on the side/sole of the foot.

I'm really happy with the first half of both socks but the foot of each has its issues.

Exhibit A:
The much bemoaned Noro knot issue - why for the love of all that is wonderful about yarn can they not rejoin at the same/similar point in the colourway after a break? I didn't like to do that myself as I wasn't sure how much yarn I would have to pull out but I had a lot left over and it would have been worth it I think. Still I could always make sure the next sock was perfect couldn't I?

Exhibit B:
Nope, I left the yarn to its own devices again and it ended up striping two very similar parts of the colourway against each other. I much prefer the zingy contrasts than this subtly, murky merging. I should have pulled out a section of the colourway. I didn't because I'd have had to have ripped back a bit to make it look right and in a week when you need to just keep one foot falling in front of the other ripping back seems like it might send you spinning off who knows where in the time-space continuum! Also I'd just had enough of knitting with the yarn by the time I worked out how similar the stripes were going to be and just wanted to get them done. So they are, and you can't feel too badly about stripey socks like these can you?

16 comments:

T. said...

LOVE the socks - and the mismatchedness (that's a word, right?_

Linda said...

They are super socks. I don't think the knot and stripe issue matter but it is annoying isn't it.

Caffeine Girl said...

I think they came out beautifully. No one but you would think twice about the stripes!

twigletqueen said...

Ah, my heart goes out to you. I got a knot in my Noro too, I nearly threw it out of the bus window in frustration. But the stripes look so pretty anyway, and hey, you can hide the weird join in your shoes!

Rose Red said...

You know, despite the knot issue and the slight murkiness, I think these are A GREAT PAIR OF SOCKS!! I love the stripes and the mismatchedness (T., that is TOTALLY a word!!). I think they are very cool. I hope you'll wear them with Lady E. I don't think you can ever have too much stripey/colour!!

Bells said...

sometimes leaving yarn to its own devices (love that idea!) works and i reckon it worked a treat here.

But FAIL to Noro for the knots. Everyone is unhappy.

Tusa said...

Love them! Well done you! You are doing rather well in the FO department.

dr k said...

they look fantastic, but i feel your frustration. almost everyone says this about noro, so i have avoided the sock yarn myself, but these socks really make me think twice, they look amazing!AND, they're finished! yay!

knitting sprouts said...

no you can't feel to bad at all - they are great socks

Kyoko said...

Oh, how beautiful are they? Just love the colourways. 2.5mm is quite thin isn't it? Congratulations on your FO :D

Mrs J said...

love them anyway! but I sympathise with the knot issue - had the same with Kuani & my rainbow shawl!

pdxknitterati said...

They look great! And the part that you don't like will be inside your shoe, right?

trek said...

One of the several reasons I don't knit Noro.

Marie said...

I love the stripes and the fact that the socks aren't matchy-matchy. I would wear them to town!

dreamcatcher said...

I absolutely love the socks, Noro stripiness is one of my favourite things in knitting!

Rachel said...

I keep hearing this about Noro...sorry for the frustration. Regardless, I love these socks. I keep seeing similar ones around and want to make my own pair of stripies sometime soon!

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