Monday, August 14, 2006















I present to you........(drum roll please)......my FIRST PAIR of socks!!!! Please note how I chose ON PURPOSE not to have these socks exactly match up.....it takes WORK to make this happen!!

Oh ....Alright.......I didn't even THINK about matching up the yarn till I put the darn things on last night at which point it stood out like crazy!!!

Oh well.......I had planned on these being worn around the house so I'm not going to rip them out and reknit to match!! These are made with Knit Picks yarn. 75% wool, 25% Nylon......after wearing for awhile they are sort of itchy.....I mean they ARE itchy.....not in the "where's the Calamine" capacity....but itchy enough that I notice it.....I'm hoping this will get better after I wash them? I'm Hoping? Someone please tell me this is so???!!!

Be just my luck after all the "cryin n cussin" to FINALLY make a pair of socks only to discover I can't wear the darn things!!!!

15 comments:

grace said...

They look fabulous! Who cares if the stripes match or not? They're close enough that unles you stare at them and count the stripes, the "naked" eye doesn't really catch on. Have you tried throwing them in the wash to see if that makes them any less itchy? Congrats on finishing your first pair of socks!

tonni said...

Let's have a round of applause for Darlene! Clap, Clap, Clap, etc..

They should soften up after washing :)

Paula said...

Hey Darlene, those are gorgeous. I match stripes when I feel like it. Try washing them in shampoo and use a drop of conditioner in the rinse. (Might have to handwash to do this.)

Sydney said...

Hey if you hadn't said something, I wouldn't have noticed. I think your socks look great! Most of the sock yarns soften up after washing. Sometimes the hair conditioner trick that Paula mentioned helps too.

Doogle Knits said...

Matching does matter. You could drive yourself nuts trying to match your stripes exactly. It's a guilty pleasure - fraternal socks. It means your quirky and stylish -- a nonconformist. Washing always improves the comfort of my socks.

Doogle Knits said...

oops, matching doesn't matter

Becky in FL said...

Why can't you wear them??? They are great looking! Who cares if they don't match! I like fraternal socks better personally. I never try to make mine match.

Karen said...

Woo-Hoo! They are lovely! You will be surprised at how much they soften up after a wash. Enjoy!

Diane said...

If you make 2 socks out of the same yarn then they match enough. Life to too short to worry about matching every stinking stripe on socks!

The look wonderful. They'll lose the itch after a good washing.

wendy g said...

Yea!! The socks look great and who cares if they don't match!

RheLynn said...

Your socks look great **applause** - and it is rare that I've seen anyone make a pair of matching socks from self-striping yarn! I think it's generally accepted that yarn has its differences, in dye lot and/or patterning as you work it up!

Try applying hair conditioner to your socks after a good washing - then let them dry flat. That should soften them up, until you get used to the feel!

Again - congratulations!!

Life's a Stitch said...

They don't match? Who spends that much time examining others' feet?
I hope they soften up for y ou,
Li

Emily said...

They do soften up a little when you wash 'em. And it's HOT and wool is itchy when it's hot. Have you had any other trouble with wool stuff? I sincerely hope you aren't allergic...

They look GREAT by the way! Hooray!

flwrhead said...

Hooray! They'll soften up, definitely. And, if they're like my first pair of socks (okay, my ONLY pair of socks since I seem to knit singles now, damn short attention span), they'll be your favorite pair! Congrats!

Mia said...

OMG.. somewhere on my archives I have a pair that I made EXACTLY like that! I had to do a double take.. I think we even might have posed our feet similar ::laughing my butt off::

I was going to sew some little shamrocks across the top and call them my St. Paddy Day socks.. but never did. I think those were my second pair.. so we were close!

And of course.. great job :-)