Wednesday, October 31, 2007

FO: Stripey Tweedy Knee Highs

Yes, they're finally finished! And it only took a year! *shaking head- at myself* I started these roughly a year ago, during last year's Socktoberfest. Oh the shame! But, I was determined to finish them during this year's Soctoberfest, and here we are, just in the nick of time! Ta-daa!!

Let's see if I can recall all the details...it's been so long...The fabulous stripey, tweedy yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Colortweed and the contrasting espresso brown yarn is Lang Jawoll. Knit up concurrently on US2 DPNs. Um, what else? Lots of firsts may be checked off the list:

First knee socks. Verdict: They definitely won't be my last!
First knee socks with calf shaping. Verdict: Love it, not to mention it's a total necessity for someone with normal sized ankles and *ahem* "shapely" calves.
First toe-up socks. Verdict: Kind of fun.
First short-row heel. Verdict: Not so much. I like the way they look, but I think a heel flap is much more suited to my particular foot/heel/arch.
First go with self-striping yarn. Verdict: Fun, though a little stressful for such an uptight symmetry nerd like me.
First tubular bind-off. Verdict: Totally worth it and another necessity. I couldn't have finished these (and worn them) without it.

I will do a lot of things differently the next time I knit knee highs - like oh, maybe follow an actual pattern - but this was such a great learning experience for me, and I did rather enjoy making it up as I went along. Well, for the most part...(Thank goodness they fit!)

Final verdict: I love these. I mean, come on. Who doesn't love knee highs?

I'm officially ready for autumn and winter now. Happy Halloween!

24 comments:

Sarah / Blue Garter said...

They look great! And knee-highs almost count as four socks. One per Socktoberfest seems like a perfectly reasonable rate to me. I'm sure you'll get a lot of use out of them this season!

knitzalot said...

I love them!

Margene said...

They are darling!! Good work!

Theresa said...

They are awesome! Congrats! And given that it's Halloween, they could be great for a wicked witch costume. Just sayin' . . .

Ruinwen said...

I'm just lovin' these to pieces! :)

mle said...

Wow, those are totally fabulous! You just can't beat stripy knee highs!

fluffbuff said...

They are gorgeous. It never occurred to me that they might be knee-high.

Kirsten said...

Great socks! Love those colors and the fact that they are knee-highs :)

Madge said...

Ooh, I love your witchy poo knee highs.

Happy Halloween!

Jennifer said...

They look lovely! I agree with you about the short row heel. Heel flaps fit my feet so much better.

Disentangled said...

Super cute! And great parking lot modeling, too! ;-)

Nasus said...

So cute!

lori z said...

so very cute. also, those are some cute shoes!

Cora said...

Very cute and I'm so impressed with the matching stripes. Way to go on all the firsts!

Ichun said...

I love these colors together (and so cute with the shoes too)

mary said...

Excellent stripey socks! But, gasp! Where did you get those Mary Jane wedges? I must have those!

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

Awesome! Love them!

K8 said...

They turned out beautifully! The colors, the shaping, and of course the shoes :)

I'm not a fan of short row heels either, so far I like Mim's toe up heel. Though to be fair I should try a few others :)

Marnie said...

Those are so adorable, I can barely stand it :)

Kara said...

They are too adorable! The colors of the stripes are perfect, and I love the cuff..I might have to try that with mine. What a perfect way to flash those legs this fall.

dee said...

very cute! they remind me of those hard candy sticks that were dipped in chocolate! yum!!

Octopus Knits said...

Cool! I love them : )

Rachel said...

They're awesome! And with the Mary Janes, they're beyond adorable. Congrats on finishing them! Maybe now knowing how much you love having them, that will motivate you to finish the next pair in less time.

I love the contrasting heels and toes and want to remember to incorporate that in my socks more often.

Lolly said...

Perfect timing and perfect socks!! wow, are they beautiful. These babies are all about quality - it doesn't matter how long it took ;)