Tuesday, March 21, 2006

House of Jazzy Feet

As I mentioned last night, Toe Jazz socks are done! The right sock was a little stressful to knit at the end. I tried a different technique for picking up stitches along the heel, which resulted in a little hole on one side. There was also a hole at the big toe that didn't happen to the left sock. I did go in and close it up a little, but the Virgo in me was not happy. LOL

You can see the stripes didn't match on the socks, even though I tried starting at about the same spot on the self striping yarn. I guess this is the nature of these yarn? Anything can cause the variation. Maybe the tension? Maybe how the yarn was dyed? At least the pattern is busy enough that they look matching. But the toes give them away.

The above two pictures were taken after I walked around with the socks on for a while.

This picture was taken after the socks went through washing and drying. They are a lot softer now. Thumbs up for KnitPicks. They also fit better than before. I am not so sure about doing cables on socks though. If you don't do the heel flaps right, they can be real baggy and ugly. I may give this pattern another try with modified measurements.

March 22, 11:30 AM Correction: I should say that I don't know about cables on socks for sandals. It's the cables on the heel flaps that I had problems with.

10 comments:

Dave Daniels said...

Jason,
Those turne dout so great! I've been wanting to make a pair of those for a while now. Maybe my next pair. And I like you sandals, too. Nice footwear. The whole thing is very West Coast. (You can wear socks and sandals in Seattle, Hollywood and LA, but in Boston and NYC, folks outright snicker.) EXCELLANT STUFF!

Celtic Knitter said...

Those are awesome. I love orange and blue. That's my favourite combination. The toe part looks complicated!

Sexy legs!

Jason said...

Thanks guys!

Dave, since I work at home, I hardly ever wear socks and shoes anymore. These toe socks are perfect for cool days. And it's been pretty cool here.

Matthew, sexy? ::blush: Those toes were not that hard to knit. The extra cast-ons on the big toes were a little difficult to handle for a couple of rounds though.

Tallguy said...

Oh, I dunno -- I think cables can be rather nice on socks! :-) Baggy? Why?

What? --- Do you mean to say that you don't wash your socks (or all your knitting) BEFORE you consider them 'finished'?!? I'm shocked! Horrified!

procrastinator said...

Love them socks!

Jason said...

Hi Tallguy! Don't get me wrong, the cables look great on socks. It is just that if the fit is not snug, the cables on the heel flaps can make them extra pouchy. The washing and drying did seem to take care of it. I'll have to wear them out one day and see how well they hold up. The next time I knit these, I will have to make the foot a bit shorter to see what happens.

What? It's not finished until it's washed? Why didn't anyone tell me that before? :-) By the way, your recent spinning creation looks beautiful.

Hi Procrastinator! Love the pinwheel blanket you made! I will have to see if I can make a meditation mat base on that design!

Jay said...

Jason, I bow before your sock knitting prowess... they are gorgeous.

Jason said...

Hey Jay! You are making me blush right red! I enjoy your blog, and I LOVE the things you make. Makes me want to learn how to sew! There's a knitted heart pillow project somewhere out of sight and unfinished just because I won't know what to do when it's done. That was a class project, but they didn't teach you how to put an actual pillow together! grrrr...

Hi Charles! You won't wear socks with sandals? Actually, they don't look bad with jeans. I would never, NEVER wear socks with shorts. Well, maybe just to be funny... NOT! By the way, excuse the hairy legs. Maybe that's why you thought they were funny? LOL

Kevin said...

those are too cool! I got to have the pattern for them. where did you find it?

Jason said...

Hey Kevin! Thanks for stopping by. The pattern is Toe Jazz by Fiber Trends (http://www.fibertrends.com/). The yarn I used was KnitPicks' Simple Stripes. The pattern only gives one size for average adult foot.