Friday, October 17, 2008


Socks are more or less my favorite things ever to knit for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, I get bored knitting large amounts of anything, and socks are small enough to keep me entertained throughout the process. I'm unusual in that I don't tend to leave knitting unfinished--I'm more likely to finish something and then just not start another project, so staying amused is important. I actually have four projects on the needles at the moment, which I think is more than I've ever had before.

Anyway, I've been knitting socks in great numbers lately. (Haha! Great numbers! I crack me up. I'll, uh, explain later.) It started with a pair for my boyfriend, K--I'll get pictures at some point. But it continued to these for myself.

They're the Waving Lace Socks from Favorite Socks, knit in SWTC's Tofutsies. First, the pattern. I love it--clearly-written, error-free, and would be easy to alter if necessary. I knit these exactly as written (size 1/2.25m needles). I tend to knit somewhat loosely, but I also have ginormous feet, so it usually works out. In this case, the lace stretches and is very forgiving.

As far as the yarn, I was a bit skeptical at first. What care I for chitin? (Seriously, wtf is chitin? And why should I care if it's antibacterial? It's not as if my feet are in danger of being ravaged by gangs of roving bacteria. But I digress.) Despite my skepticism, however, this is a really nice yarn to work with. It feels a little like an acryllic to the touch--probably the chitin/soysilk--but it's much softer and nicer in practice. It's a little bit splitty, but once I got used to working with it I didn't find it awkward. Long story short: 10/10, would knit again. And a good thing, too, because I have two more skeins in the stash.

(Please excuse my terrible photography. Socks are difficult to get pictures of anyway, and my camera skills are . . . shall we say, sub-par.)


RyPein said...

Ooh! Fancy! I really like the pattern!

Superquail said...

Those socks are so cool! How long did it take you to make them?

Lanafactrix said...

I'm not sure how long--a couple of weeks worth of knitting time, probably, but I knit other things between the first sock and the second, so I dunno. The second sock in particular was super-quick to knit. Once I got the hang of the pattern it zoomed by.

Ily said...

Looking at those, I just realized my feet are cold. :-) Thanks for the link! I can't knit to save my life (I know, I've tried) but I always like to see what other people make.