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Fig and Plum Socks

I finished a pair of socks last week. Usually I take the photos outside on my deck but for a switch I took these photos in the bedroom.

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The yarn is Yarntini in the color Fig and Plum. This stuff is awesome. It has a beautiful sheen. I know the label says merino but I swear there is silk in there.

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Here’s that picot edge we all love so much. If you need to know how to do this for yourself go visit Claudia, she’s got a great tutorial. While you are there, donate some money for her MS ride, won’t you?

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Even though I can now knit toe up (I’m almost done with that first sock) I think I’ll always love top down with a slip stitch heel flap the best. I can practically knit these in my sleep, you know.

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It’s just about too warm for wool socks now which means this pair will go in the sock drawer until the cold weather arrives. New socks are about the only thing worth looking forward to when it comes to the return of the cold.

It’s glorious now, though, so let’s enjoy it while it lasts!

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  1. I love that colorway! Very Summery looking. After all that when some of my favorite fruits are in season- plums and figs.

  2. A most perfect spring-into-summer colorway! Sad to have to put them away for a bit isn’t it?

  3. Lovely. I think I’ll be doing some online shopping for wool today!

    I’m a top down girl too. Both my LYS are magic loop-toe up folks and have tried to convince me to switch. If it ain’t broke….

  4. Love the socks! I’m not usually a big fan of variegated handpainted yarn, but the colors of that yarn really work together and stripe so well. They’ll be perfect for gloomy winter days when you need some color as a pick-me-up!

    I agree with you on knitting socks top-down. It’s nice to know how to knit toe-up socks, but I much prefer the “traditional” way πŸ™‚

  5. Those are my colors. I do like that picot edge. I tend to lean towards it when I knit my socks since it’s my “knit without thinking” project.

    Yeah – that cold weather will come back soon enough. I love the summer. It’s the perfect time to knit all those socks!

  6. Very pretty yarn. (Any tips for picking up the stitches to make the picot hem? The stitches are so weensy, I couldn’t get ahold of them.)

  7. Beautiful socks in gorgeous yarn! Love those colors.

    Having just done a picot edge on a sweater in a light worsted gauge, I cannot imagine doing one with sock yarn. One of these days, perhaps, because it certainly gives a nice-looking finish to a pair of socks.

  8. I adore that colorway! And I understand about being able to do the patterns in your sleep…
    But you can do a slip-stich heel on a toe-up…I do it all the time!
    (((hugs)))

  9. So pretty! I used my one skein of Yarntini to knit a cowl for my husband and I agree, it’s definitely silkier than most merino. I need to get more…

  10. Gorgeous socks – I love the color combo. Seeing those socks reminds me that I have a pair languishing in my sock bag. I suppose I should get back to those.

  11. Great color. And I always love your great photography! I find it so hard to take good pictures of socks, especially on my feet.

  12. Fantastic colorway! Socks are lovely. Your gusset pick-up looks perfect…I’m still trying to master this. I’ll use your pictures as inspiration!.. I’m never quite sure which thread(s) of the stitch to pick up. Any suggestions, please send my way.

  13. The colorway is beautiful as are the socks…Gotta get busy knitting myself some for winter…

    But, for now I’m enjoying the weather!

  14. Merino can have a sheen if the sheep was healthy and the wool has been processed correctly and spun somewhat woolen. It’s obvious that she’s doing a perfect job!

    [So, the things that remove sheen are — a lesser bloodline, illness, poor storage of the fleece, harsh scouring, too high a heat when washing/dyeing, too much mordant (if used), stretching of the staple during processing (fiber not fully dry or drum spacing incorrect on the carder), excessive sun/weather exposure, etc.]

    Your picots are so uniform. I usually do a k3p1 baby cable rib cuff on my socks, sometimes picot instead, EOP heel, classic top down. Zero stress and a guaranteed perfect fit.

    You don’t wear wool socks in warm weather? I like them more than cotton socks, which I almost never wear anymore. I even wore wool socks in the summer in Texas.

    What size needles did you use?

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