Friday, March 16, 2012

FO: Radioactive Peep Socks

Earlier this week I finished my first pair of socks for the year. Last year for Christmas my boyfriend's parents got me a sock blank from Knit Picks, which I dyed up Christmas Day. I used Wilton cake decorating dyes leftover from a cake decorating class I took. I was going for a more muted color palatte, but my maroon dye looked too brown for my taste when I mixed it up, so I substituted pink. This was the result:


I used purple, blue, and pink to create vertical stripes on the sock blank. According to the Knit Picks sock blank dyeing guide, this should have create "subtle changes" between the colors. Imagine my surprise when I cast on and the yarn started self striping!



This picture is actually more accurate color-wise than the first.

yarn: Knit Picks Sock Blank
needles: 1 1/2s

I've lovingly nicknamed these socks the Radioactive Peep Socks because of how bright they are. It's like a party is going on in my shoes that only I know about. I really liked the simplicity of the pattern I chose; it gave it just enough texture to make it interesting without overwhelming the stripes.

These socks sat in hibernation for much too long because I didn't like the heel that was written and didn't want to frog back (I substituted a normal slip-stitch heel), which bums me out now because it's warming up fast in Wisconsin and I won't have much need for daily wool socks for awhile. I'm sure I'll still party it up with these socks when my feet get cold at night.

14 comments:

  1. Heehee, I never thought of crazy hand knitted socks being like a party. I love how they turned out, the colors work really well together and the striping is wonderful! I can tell that you will enjoy wearing those a lot.

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  2. Fantastic! I've fancied doing one of these - it has turned out so well!!! Right, off to find a sock blank, and dye - and a bit more time...

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  3. wow the color is so beautiful! sock blanks sound like a lot of fun!

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  4. Very cute! I like the colors a lot.

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  5. Ooh, they're beautiful! I love the way the striping turned out.

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  6. "It's like a party is going on in my shoes that only I know about." This is exactly how it feels when I wear the socks I knitted! For some reason, I don't quite choose the same color when I buy socks and when I buy yarn to knit socks ;-) I think it is fun to knit with bright colors!

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  7. Love the name of your socks.:) The striping turned out perfect! Hermione's everyday pattern does work so well with multi colored yarn.

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  8. You're hilarious! I think all of us sock knitters are having a party in our shoes! They turned out great, by the way. I just finished a pair in that pattern, it's simple but it adds the texture I was looking for.

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  9. Perfect name for a pair of perfect socks!

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  10. Hermoine's Everyday Socks is one of my favorite basic sock patterns! I know almost NOTHING about dyeing, and I'd never heard of a sock blank so, this whole thing was fascinating!

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  11. Those socks are adorable! Looking at them, it looks like you knit the stripes that way through knitting skill, not dye. I love it. I love you too, in case I haven't yet told you today.
    - Your Mother

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  12. Love the name and the stripes! They are anything but subtle.

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  13. How fun! Now you know how to get a self-striping effect when you dye a sock blank, how cool!

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