Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Oddball Socks


I knitted these on a KnitPicks 2.25mm circular. I used the balls out of my odd ball bag. The bits left over from previous socks. I did not choose any, I just put my hand into my ball bag and used whatever came out. I rather like them. The foot is a little longer than I would normally have knit but this is due to the many different colours and yarns altering the row gauge. It took quite a bit of finishing too, with all the ends to sew in. Maybe I will knit them in on the next one but I am concerned it won't hold well and come loose in the wearing.

27 comments:

ReesieAnn said...

Very Cool Knitman! You are truly one of my sock knitting inspirations!!!

Anonymous said...

What fun socks Colin. How did you ever manage to knit them without that tiny hole where you turn for the heel? I admire anyone with the ability to just reach blindly into the left over bag without trying to force the choice of the next color.

Anne

Anonymous said...

they are gorgeous Colin, I have a pair of socks on the needle right now for my Dad. I am following your toe up pattern.

marilyn said...

As someone who is "known" for her socks (bought-not knitted-my dear old granny used to tell me that I sewed with hot thread, and I could never manage to knit even a scarf!), I salute you!

Debbie said...

Colin! I love your oddball socks! I could just sit and stare at the pic for hours admiring all the colors. For just randomly grabbing out of the bag, the colors sit well together.

Heidi said...

Beautiful socks! I love doing socks with leftover bits of yarn. The different colors and patterns all coming together in one sock are such fun.

knitwych said...

I am totally loving the oddball socks! I've been dutifully saving all my leftover bits of sock yarn to create my own "Frankensocks" like these. :-)

Lia Nord said...

Pretty sock, Colin! Great colors, and I like your "method" of choosing them!

It's an Ill Wind, Indeed said...

Great job, Colin.

I've been knitting "monstersocken" knee-highs from odd balls for a couple of years. He likes them for snowboarding...he's just 20. Says the girls love 'em! I choose my colors about the same way. I knit the new color in five stitches and then a small bit of weaving in as I go. The first one I knit, I waited to the end to do the weaving in, and I hated it! Never again! (As for the small hole, Anonymous, if you pick up the "granny stitch" of the right needle and knit it with the first stitch of the left needle, you will NEVER have a hole. Try it, you'll like the result.

Anonymous said...

Colin, those are beautiful! and I love reading your posts about the elections here in the States - so many of us feel the same way. If only the same-sex marriage ban hadn't passed here in California I could truly celebrate from the bottom of my heart.
-Romy
ravelry: evilincarKnit

kshotz said...

I love them! I've seen other people do this same thing and make socks or a scarf. I must say, you are making me feel brave enough to give it a go myself!

Kim in IA

ps....I share your feelings now that our election is behind us. I'm so happy Obama won!

Judith in Ottawa said...

Colin, I've done odd-ball socks, too, and found that the Russian join became my best friend. Kept a darning needle stuck in the fabric below where I was working, and took one minute to join yarns at each change. Clipped off the ends before proceeding. The joins have stood up very well to machine washing.

Sheila said...

Really fun socks.

Anonymous said...

as far as I am concerned,these are the best yet! I love color and I love wild.

PURLPOWER said...

Hi Colin, I stop by here fairly regularly but rarely comment, however these socks look so good! I've been thinking of doing something similar with all my leftover sock yarn for ages but I don't know if mine could look as neat as this, such neat stitches! I also loved your previous post about Obama. Helen

steel breeze said...

Wow, love the colours! Now I wish I'd saved all of my sock yarn bits!

Anonymous said...

I love 'em! Will forever think of these as Colin's Amazing Technicolor
Dream Socks.

Pru

Anonymous said...

The socks are great. I was so glad when you decided to do them using all the different balls. Would the Russian join work for joining the balls?

Sue

Anonymous said...

Now those are really cool. And I agree with your earlier post on your
blog too.

Namaste'

Stephanie/TX

Beth said...

colin! you are an inspiration. I'm collecting my bits and bobs. I'm wrapping them in to a ball as I go and doing the russian join. Beth

fairy godmother said...

Nice! :-)

LizzieK8 said...

They are Dobby socks and aren't the fun to make? I made several pair for my grands and even one for myself. Yours are just gorgeous!
http://lizzysends.blogspot.com/search/label/Dobby%20Socks

Iris said...

These socks are wonderful!

Have you ever printed a comprehensive, new, instruction on your wonderful Andersson Heel?

Alsion said...

I love the oddball socks. They don't look random at all!

Anonymous said...

Colin, I love, love, love the oddballs. I had thought of it as using
my own bits leftover, but had doubts about how it would look. I'm glad
to see that it can turn out so well.

drMolly

Anonymous said...

Colin,

I love those socks!! They look like they were well planned and the colors go together so nicely. You give me the courage to consider trying something like that. What about the second sock? Did you divide your leftover yarn in halves? Also I wanted to say I feel the same about Obama. The long Bush nightmare is almost over. It's like a weight lifting off our shoulders.

Louise

Maxine said...

I love it, please show a picture of both together. Are they identical or fraternal twins?
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