Saturday, March 25, 2006

Icecream Sock



This is my Icecream Sock. So called because it reminds me of Haagen Daz, which I miss! The yarn is selfpatterning from Sirdar. 70% wool 30% nylon.Weighs 34 grams.

I cast on long tail with 4mm. Knit 37 rows rib with 2.25mm and then knit 50 rows before heel shaping on 2.75. 54 rows after heel shaping before toe decreasing.

I am really pleased with this because I did it without a pattern. The math just suddenly 'clicked' in my head and now i can knit any gauge any size and get it right.

I have another on the needles using Rowan Felted Tweed, used double, that I have left over from a sweater. I shall try the short row heel with this one.

18 comments:

Beverley said...

Blimey Colin, you have truly been bitten by the sock bug! Plus you can make these so fast, takes me as long just to get around to it LOL

Annette said...

Congratulations on not using a pattern for the socks! I can't quite manage that yet although it's getting easier. They look a really comfortable fit.

Ann said...

Mwhahahahaha...welcome to the dark side, Colin...all socks all the time...we're having jackets made...

Anonymous said...

Hi Colin,

I love the pattern that came out with the yarn.
The sock (without a pattern) looks very well knitted and also looks
comfortable on your foot.

Well done.

Michael said...

colin,

you are just so talented. Love your work, your skill.

Pat said...

Colin,
Ya know, I've never had any desire whatsoever to knit socks...until I started following your adventures in sock-making. Now I'm itching to have a go at it. Darn you anyway!!!

nat said...

Colin I love the sock! Although I never seen Sirdar sock yarn, yet. It's much nicer than the first sock on your blog. Maybe your pattern is much nicer! Once you wear them, you are hooked. Although my DH still refused to wear them.

Now if we could get you to make a wash cloth, ha!

For some magical reason I haven't lost even one home made sock in the laundry... yet.

max said...

How cute is that? Now are you going to make identical twins or
fraternal ones? I'm so pleased you have become so proficient so quickly.

Anonymous said...

mmmm scrummy!! my husband used to work in an ice cream factory and
their rum 'n' raisin used to look like that :O)

susancaraccio said...

Lovely socks, very nice colourway -haven't used Sirdar sock yarn yet myself but this looks similar to the Opal Magic range.

Once the math clicks it is a revalation, and very handy, you can do a 'shorthand' version of a sock pattern similar to the way you have written your instructions and it makes it easy to carry round with you.. Will need to do this on my PDA as I am travelling on the underground next week and should get some sockknitting done.

Susan

Celia said...

great socks. Still struggling with my first sock. Not really got to grips with it yet. $ needles is 2 too many for me.

DJ said...

Yea, Colin! Way to go! Aren't you proud? these are great. Hey, what have you done with the fur-babies? Pictures, please. pretty please. lol
DJ in SW MI USA

Sharon J said...

Now that's what I call a goodlooking pair of socks. How many stitches did you cast on? ~Sharon

NikolaAnne said...

Ditto everyone, That is a very handsome sock! I look forward to seeingn the Twin, whether it be identical or fraternal!

Has anyone told you about the way to make the heel more hard-wearing yet?

Apparently (According to a Veteran Sockknitter I know) when working the heel, you use "*s1, k1* then *s1,p1* " on it, so that each alternate st is worked with a different strand of the yarn. This apparently helps prevent friction whilst walking from rubbing and wearing the st corners away from each other.

Apparently, it looks good too...

But haivng vowed never to make socks unless I can find a pattern for Aran weight with 5mm needles... Not sure I'd be testing that myself!

sal the spider said...

Go man go!!! :-) Have you had a dose of the dreaded "SSS" yet? I mean you keep showing us one sock.......
Sal x ;-P

colin said...

Sal - you will need to explain that one!

Holly @Home said...

Sock it to 'em Colin! Holly.

DJ said...

Hi Colin,
this link was given on a list that I'm on and I thought of you, as a new sock knitter. Hope you can find something useful there. I have been knitting sock for a long time, but I bookmarked it right away, because there are times when I need a review or some new ideas.
www.sockamaniac.com/links.htm
hmmm, I guess I don't know how to make a link while commenting on a blog. anyway there is the addy. hope you like it.
Now, here comes the nagging: please, please some fur-baby pics, please, please. lol
DJ in SW MI USA