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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Funky Monkeys

Who'da thunk that these socks came from the same skein of yarn....

Yup - same skein of yarn...

Same needles ... in fact, the same exact needle - I knit these one at a time...

Can someone explain to me what mysterious knitting mojo was at work here?

I just don't get it.

Details:

Pattern: Like I have to tell you - it's Cookie A's Monkey Sock Pattern from Knitty. It is very addicting! However, I'm not sure the pattern was right for this yarn. I'm just not totally excited with the results.

Yarn: Socks That Rock lightweight in the Undertoe colorway. I *LOVE* this yarn. It's like knitting w/butter - smooth sailing. Knitting bliss!

Needles: Addi Turbo Size 2 US Circular, Magic Loop

Modifications: Star Toe (to avoid the kitchner thing...). I also think the heel flap is a bit too long.

These socks count for my September socks for SAM4. They are intended as a gift to my dear friend in San Diego (Hi!) since she was with me when I purchased this yarn on impulse during our Dave Matthews Band long weekend. I'm a little distressed on how the striping doesn't match at all. I ordered some sock blockers from The Loopy Ewe - so a quick soak, blocking & in the mail they go. Certainly they'll be good for hanging out at home on a cool San Diego evening. :0)

Next up: Finishing another pair of Monkey Socks for my MSS pal. The plan is to get them off the needles & in the mail within the week. Also - I've signed up for Sock Wars - my competitive nature just couldn't let it pass by. In addition I ran across Sockin' it to Maggie - a site dedicated to sending healing vibes through hand-knit socks to a seriously ill young woman.

A gift from the hands is a gift from the heart.

Speaking of good vibes - if you get this before Thursday morning 8 am EST - please send good vibes to the U.S. Women's Soccer Team as they take on Brazil in the semifinals of the 2007 Women's World Cup Soccer Tournament. Go USA!!

6 comments:

Fitknitmom said...

I like the socks, it makes them more of a creative expression, anyone can knit a pair of socks that look exactly the same! And the sweater turned out great too. You're quite the finisher these days!
My scarf is coming along nicely, I haven't startet the second skein, but I'm close.

tiennieknits said...

Monkeys are suppose to be THE pattern to combat pooling and weird striping. I don't know what happened with yours - you've defied the knitblog land!

bobbi said...

pooling just happens, on one blog site way back some time ago i read that a knitter frogged and frogged and each time the pooling changed she kept going till it stopped pooling. Crazy, Go figure.

Holly Jo said...

Hmmm. I am with you - great pattern, STUPENDOUS yarn perhaps not the best results. Funny, because monkey pattern is supposed to prevent pooling.

Good luck with sock wars. :)

Tricotine said...

I think that pair of Monkey socks is really cool! :-))

Isabelle aka Tricotine
http://tricotine.typepad.com

Laurie said...

Go with the mojo of pooling and accept them with pride. They are hand-knit and have Alaska energy in them. Send them off to their new home. Your friend will be happy to have homemade socks with character.