Retro Rib Socks

Just in time for Larry’s birthday this last Wednesday….

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My March/April socks of the month club socks are done! 

Pattern:  Retro Rib Socks from Favorite Socks (Rav)
Yarn:  Sophies Toes, Old Flame colorway
Started:  March 2, 2009
Finished:  April 14, 2009

I liked this pattern, but I think that it would have been better in a solid or semi-solid (obviously).   I really have a problem picking patterns for non-solid yarns.  (On a side note – I saw a comment on a blog lately that handpainted yarn was so out, and people were just using solids.  Hmmm….I don’t think she has seen my stash!  What about yours?  Do you only use/have solid/semi-solids, or do you have handpainted too?).    Anyway, the pattern is a nice one and very easy, and I could see trying to again someday in another yarn.  Although – it is one of those patterns that seems to take forever.  So maybe not.

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As far as the yarn – I do love it.  I have knit with Sophie’s Toes yarn before, and have more in my stash.  I’m always tempted when she updates to buy more.  The yarn base is really sproingy and soft, and I love the colors.  This one is really different and I think great for Larry.  And they were a perfect birthday present!

I’m working on the third chart on the Aeolian shawl, and still loving it.  I didn’t knit much on it this week because I was trying to get the socks done for Larry’s birthday, but did have time to work on it yesterday.  I’ve also started my May/June sock of the month club – I’ll show pictures next time but I’m loving them and have a hard time putting them down.

It was such a busy week – hard to believe it was a four day week (I took last Monday off).  We went out for Japanese on Larry’s birthday which was a nice break.  Yesterday was abosolutely gorgeous – almost 80 degrees and sunny!  I had lunch with a friend and we sat outside – so nice.  Today isn’t as nice but its definitely spring, and its so nice to be outside after being cooped up in the office all week.  We are golfing today, and my fingers are crossed that the rain will hold off until tonight.

OK, I have to go and get my day going….have a great week!

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Doesn’t everyone have a cat that takes socks inside after pictures?

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24 Responses to Retro Rib Socks

  1. Chris says:

    Great looking socks! Happy Birthday Larry 🙂 I know what you mean about getting patterns to fit the type of yarn – and judging by my stash – handpainted is definitely IN. I am drawn to semi-solids for more detailed patterns, but I think those socks look great with that pattern.

    Fingers crossed it won’t rain – I checked the forecast again and it looks good….

    I need a sock-carrying cat….

  2. Steven says:

    Happy birthday to Larry — I know he’s going to enjoy these socks. I have the same problem when it comes to matching the busy-ness of a yarn to the busy-ness of a pattern. I like to think I’m getting better, but probably just wishful thinking. I think what you’ve done here works well.

    I’m trying to switch more to solids and semi-solids so that I can tackle fancier patterns. But there will always be room for for the crazy yarn in my stash.

  3. katie m. says:

    The socks look great! I also have trouble matching hand-yarn with an appropriate pattern, so I usually default to something stockinette. Which isn’t very exciting. Such a helpful cat!

  4. hakucho says:

    Larry’s socks are awesome! I love any kind of yarn that has variation of colors…they make knitting so not boring. Therefore in my book handpainted sock yarn would never be out of style. I can’t even remember the last time when I ever worried about what was in or not. It I like (love) something I’ll wear it for ever 🙂

  5. Valerie says:

    I am all for handpainted yarn (and I especially love the yarn you used for his socks..but then I covet most of the yarn you show off)

    My cats don’t take the socks inside for me.. they just steal them and hide them.

  6. Rhonda says:

    I love the cat shot!

  7. Nice socks! Can you teach my cat to sherpa for me, too?

    I love the colors in handpainted sock yarn, but I hate pooling! Semi-solids are safe, and right now I have an absolutely solid sock going…

  8. Great socks!!!

    I’d have to agree with you, looking at my sock stash, handpainted yarns are still IN! But I certainly will go for a more semi-solid depending on how detailed the pattern is!

  9. Jeannie says:

    Great socks! And happy belated birthday to Larry. I think the variegated yarn looks good in that pattern. I have been avoiding strongly variegated yarns lately. Most of my new yarn purchases have been solids or semi-solids.

    Love the last picture! Cute!

  10. MB says:

    LOL…great shot….I thought it was a sock saddle though.

  11. Awesome Mom says:

    I love hand painted but I am very picky about the patterns I use with it. Right now I am in love with kettle dyes because you get different concentrations of colors which adds depth to the pattern with out the distraction of actual color changes.

  12. tiennie says:

    Happy birthday Larry! Great socks and great cat. 🙂 Hope you had a really wonderful weekend!

  13. Anna says:

    Actually, I think the pattern works pretty well with your yarn – the stitch pattern is simple enough that it doesn’t look like it’s competing with the yarn. Sounds like you had a good weekend!

  14. Lorraine says:

    Jeanne- Excuse me, but WHO decides what’s in or out, and honestly, isn’t it about doing what you like?

    I can’t resist the allure of the handpaints- so I tend to stick to a plainer pattern.

    Happy Birthday to Larrry.

  15. Stephanie says:

    I’m really confused by people who say that variegated yarns are “out”… I mean, I see that semi-solids tend to look nicer in patterns but I will never get over how delightful a good bunch of colors in one yarn are.

  16. Kim says:

    I love that pattern in the Old Flame colorway! And no, I don’t think handpainted variegated yarns are out. Like anything else, soem people prefer more solid colors and some love the crazy wild unpredictability of the handpaints. Me, I love both. Also, there’s a great new book out Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn by Carol Sulcoski. Excellent book.

  17. I love the socks, I hope Larry had a great birthday!

    I don’t use handpainted/variegated yarn all that often but that has more to do with a total inability to figure out what pattern to use. So many of the handdyed yarns that are variegated are beautiful in the skein but turn into a catastrophe as soon as I get it any where near needles.

  18. Ren says:

    those are such great socks!

    i have a variety of sock yarns… sometimes i want to work with solids and sometimes i want something a bit more exciting. everyone has different preferences. : )

  19. weezalana says:

    Great job on the socks! And Happy Birthday to Larry!

    *snort* Out? What are we, in high school? 😉 The knitting universe is unique, highly individualized, and quite vast – I don’t think any particular thing can be generalized as “in” or “out” with so many of us! I personally LOVE variegated yarns and always will – just check out all the STR in my stash! 😉

  20. Opal says:

    i love the yarn you used for larry’s socks. happy belated birthday to him.

    what i really adore is the kitty picture! he/she looks like a butler escorting the socks back inside. 🙂

  21. misa says:

    The kitty is thinking “Why in the world did she do this to me?” At least you didn’t dress her up in doll clothes like I did to mine when I was a kid. I sometimes find sudden color changes in handpainted sock yarn irritating too, but I think yours look nice.

  22. Lynn says:

    I’m one of the weird ones with a strong preference for solid or near-solid colors. I think that the trend is perhaps veering away from such an abundance of varigated yarns to a better selection of solids. Two or three years ago when I was learning to knit I remember having a difficult time finding solid colored sock yarns – some stores didn’t carry them at all. Now I have a good selection almost anywhere I go. However, I think that handpaints will stick around for a good long time as well.

    Best of luck with your surgery!

  23. rhoda says:

    handpainted is out? i still have some handpainted in my stash but I also have some solids and semi-solids as well. i think to each his/her own. the socks look great!

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