8.08.2016

freckles & butterflies

sock school goodies from little skein in the big wool

Wish we had this kind of summer school when I was a kid! For this KAL, I wanted to challenge myself by attempting my first pair of toe-up socks. There were some frustrations right out of the gate with learning how to cast-on for the toe. I don't recommend trying out a new knitting technique while on the beach with the sun beating down on you. But the light bulb finally clicked on. Judy's Magic Cast-on is truly magical! I caught myself stopping to admire the neat looking toe all while knitting the first of the pair. The fun speckled yarn is two sisters big sky base in the Pippi's Freckles colorway. The contrasting toes & afterthought heels were knitted with some stroll brights (pickle juice, pucker, hot tamale & razzleberry) that were in the stash. For the stitch pattern, I went with the same one that I used in my bowknot tabi socks. It's interesting how this pattern looks slightly different knitted in the opposite direction. More butterfly-like. I'm glad that I gave toe-up socks a try even though it felt a little strange to be knitting everything in reverse. And most importantly, I love wearing my mismatched Pippi socks:



13 comments:

  1. These socks are so cheerful!! <3 <3 I'm usually not a big fan of knitting socks toe up, but indeed the toes do look really neat.

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  2. Those are so cheerful! I love the mismatched toes and heels.

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  3. Indeed, very cheerful socks! I prefer knitting socks toe up, instead of cuff down. It's the same with sweaters. I can always try them on during the process to check if it fits or not.

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  4. Love your colorful socks! What fun to have them mis-matched. I've never tried toe-up.

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  5. I love your socks! I have GOT to find a better way to make socks fit me properly, I have so much sock yarn to use! Also, thank you for your comment on my most recent post! I meant to reply by email but couldn't figure out how. My friend had sent me a picture of what she wanted, but the one she sent was made of fabric, so I just kind of winged it lol

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  6. Love! ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७ The different colored toes and heels are so fun. I like that speckle yarn. I need to try toe up again. My first and only pair fit my feet so well; I bet I can go down to 0's.

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  7. These socks are so fun. I love the contrast with the bright summer neon colors!

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  8. these are the cutest ever!!! and a great way to use up some of those leftovers!! But....what did you think of toe-up? I've done a couple pair and can't be a convert. Maybe it's one of those 'old dog' things....glad I tried it, back to top-down.

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  9. Kamsa hamnida, Tien, for your sweet comments. Most of the supplies I have have been bought for some time. A lot of my stamps are old. I'm slowly adding more stamps and supplies. I created a pin board just to keep track of what I need and delete the pin if I buy it. I'm excited to order an envelope maker and score board soon as my homegirl's birthday is coming up early Sept. I love Michael's and JoAnn's. I need to check out JoAnn's supplies. Michael's sometimes is a bit limited.

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  10. I love these socks! the mismatched (but totally matching toes and heels look wonderful, it was a great choice with the speckled yarn. And thank you for recommending judy's magic cast on for toe up socks! I've been wanting to try toe up, but was wondering about the cast on that would be easiest.

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  11. Love them! Perfect pair for being mis-matchy.

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  12. I am in love!
    I too wish Summer School was cool like this. :)
    Yay you for trying something new and challenging yourself.

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  13. Oh, these are so fun! I bet you can't stop smiling when you wear them :D

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