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May 21, 2007

You know I can't sit idle...

I am here to show you my new project!

I bought some yarn at a rummage sale a couple of weeks ago. Really pretty yarn. Rowan 4 ply Botany in a beautiful light purple color. I got 4 skeins for 5 bucks! (sorry, had to brag... but that is a steal) I thought cool! I can make those "Anna Socks" from last fall's issue of the Rowan magazine. So I started them


I am cruising along on these socks and reading the pattern and not really noticing any decreases in the pattern. Wanna know why? THERE AREN'T ANY. . Now to me that is a big alarm. These freakin' socks will totally bag at the ankles. Of course they don't in the picture because they have little clothes pins attached in the back. Am I right????

So along comes the new issue of Interweave Knits. Some cute stuff in here my mind says. What do I see? But the Spiral Boot Socks! I must make those SPIRAL BOOT SOCKS! They won't bag at the ankles. Wanna know why? There are DECREASES in the pattern.


These socks are going to be wonderful! I frogged Anna. It just didn't work.

And look! I am using 4, yes 4 double pointed needles!

Posted by beth at May 21, 2007 12:43 PM


What pretty socks and what a beautiful color! $5! Lucky girl. I wonder who gave that away...

Posted by: Christie at May 21, 2007 01:44 PM

Definitely the right decision. No one looks good in baggy socks.

Posted by: diana at May 21, 2007 01:55 PM

What a steal on the yarn! Good choice on the socks...the model must have super skinny legs to get that sock to fit and not look funny.

Posted by: Gena at May 21, 2007 02:21 PM

I LOVE them... that pattern is so going on my must-knit list!

Posted by: Sara at May 21, 2007 02:22 PM

That yarn is sooooo pretty! Great pattern choice!! Good catch on the Anna pattern - I'd be pretty irked if I knit all that then realized they were baggy!

Posted by: jessica~ at May 21, 2007 03:13 PM

i frogged my anna sock as well. the spiral one is so cute! love that yarn!

Posted by: kris at May 21, 2007 03:25 PM

I'm making a similar sock (same stitch pattern-- modified lace top. The stitch pattern is also in L. Neatby's Mermaid sock, and found in one of N. Bush's first sock books) for my Sockapalooza pal.

If you start each needle with a YO, you never have to keep shifting one stitch over.

Posted by: deb at May 21, 2007 04:27 PM

oooh- those are pretty! And you can wear them with your new sweater :-)

Posted by: Amy at May 21, 2007 06:44 PM

I could never understand the whole 4 needle thing...until I tried it. Now I see!

Very pretty socks!

Posted by: Sheepish Annie at May 21, 2007 08:54 PM

Wow that yarn is a wonderful color. And a steal!! Good luck on the spiral socks

Posted by: Nubiancraftster at May 21, 2007 09:55 PM

OOoooh, such yummy purple...

Posted by: Karma at May 21, 2007 11:42 PM

must say....really kool socks...by the by...where's my sweater pattern?

Posted by: lemon at May 22, 2007 12:03 PM

I have a total love affair with DPN's. Gorgeous socks. What is with photographers pinning things to look better? We kinda need to see how it REALLY looks before we invest time and dollars making something that isn't at all what the picture showed.

Posted by: Crystal at May 22, 2007 01:14 PM

Gorgeous sock! I like the spiral boot sock a lot better than Anna. Great yarn buy!

Posted by: Jamisyn at May 22, 2007 02:26 PM

omg. 4 needles at once.. we could be in danger ::laughing:; They look cool :)

Posted by: Mia at May 22, 2007 03:13 PM

Oy!! I love the purple/plum!!! Those will go nicely with your festive trousers!!! :)

Posted by: Carol at May 23, 2007 04:47 PM

Lovely yarn!

My Anna-socks are in progress, managed to incorporate some shaping to that pattern. See my blog: http://reunasilmukka.net/arkisto/234

I love those Spiral boot socks, too, great choice for that fabulous yarn!

Posted by: Kamicha at June 2, 2007 12:47 PM

Don't fear the Anna socks! You can solve the baggy problem by switching to a smaller needle once you have done the calf portion. I made them shorter than the pattern calls for so they stretch. Here is how they turned out:


Posted by: Aran at July 30, 2007 04:33 PM

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