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Vintage socks done - Qualified Perceptions
Vintage socks done
I finished the Leafy Socks while I was out in California, voila!

I had originally been thinking that they are the highest ratio Art to Practical that I've done, but that's not really true. The lace tablecloths are pretty high Art/Practical, and the klein sock[*] for rifmeister was totally impractical. I'm impressed that the grapes don't expand the fabric - each grape reaches a width of seven stitches in the space where there had been just one. So it's definitely stretchy, as promised. I don't know if it's quite as extra-comfortable as promised; I find the "inverted wineglass" (the diagonal slanting around the heel) adds to the thin heel effect that you get with a short row heel, and my paired decreases at the center of the heel left the stitch between them a little enlarged and ugly. I tend to prefer the heel-flap-and-gusset type heel, though I haven't tried a lot of other variants. I probably encountered more new techniques with this project than anything I've made since I first started learning to knit; the weird little pick-up-and-bind-off to move the yarn around on the leaves, the split stitch embroidery (okay, not a knitting technique, but still new to me), the idea of a project in the round that temporarily goes to knitting back and forth to insert a hole... Not to mention, how to knit a leaf! I envision some sort of viny addition to a sweater someday in the future.

*: I had a picture of this once, but I accidentally named both it and the Klein Hat (which is wearable) "klein.jpg".

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merastra From: merastra Date: March 2nd, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is totally cool! I'm happy to see you made a pair. Very well executed. I guess I should've guessed this was coming when you posted photos of the leaves.

Yeah, vines and leaves in a sweater would also be totally cool.
remcat From: remcat Date: March 3rd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
What keen socks! Is the pattern loan-able, or is it against the rules to share?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 3rd, 2008 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I can loan it to you at the next poker night. :)

(It's a printed thing, so it uses old-fashioned book rules, rather than newfangled Licensing Rules. So it's okay for me to give the pattern away, or loan it, as long as I don't keep a copy when I do that.)
twe From: twe Date: March 5th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Remember, you said I could borrow it sometime too! (Though Rachel can have it first; I have plenty of works in progress.)
From: desireearmfeldt Date: March 3rd, 2008 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Leafy socks! Leafy Socks! Hooday! :)
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: March 3rd, 2008 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Most spiffy!
From: mypicklebird Date: March 3rd, 2008 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)

is that an extra grape I see?

I think there is an extra grape on the sock on the left, is that intentional?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 3rd, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: is that an extra grape I see?

Wait, where is the extra grape?
From: mypicklebird Date: March 5th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: is that an extra grape I see?

At the top, it makes one a little bigger around the edge (hem). What is that part of the sock called?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 5th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: is that an extra grape I see?

There's an extra set of grapes at the top (the cuff) on the opposite side; they're more obvious in the sock being worn on my foot. That's on both socks, though. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 6th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: is that an extra grape I see?

Oh, I was just being silly- I KNOW you added an extra grape by accident and removed it slowly and carefully. I can't see anything funny in the photo of the beautiful socks. Quote from Amelia today: I miss Laura, she has pretty string.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 6th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: is that an extra grape I see?

Oh, hee, I am dense. :) No, I added *five* grapes by accident!
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