Tuesday, April 08, 2008

just socks

To say these are just socks, is such an understatement.
These are actually socks made out of Sundara yarn, using a simple baby cable pattern.
I really had no idea just how much I had been missing out to have never worked with this yarn. It felt wonderful in my hands, and now on my feet. The funny thing is, I still would not have known how fantastic it was if Melana hadn't given me the yarn.  Thank you, Melana.
Yarn:  Sundara, 100% superwash merino wool, in Dahlia
Needles: size 2
Pattern: basic cast on of 64 stitches.  The baby cable is achieved by working a 4 row repeat.
Rows 1-3 knit 2 purl 2.  Row 4, * k2tog and leave st on needle, knit first st and slide both off needle, P2, rep from *
Notes:  Heather mentioned that perhaps I may want to reinforce the heel by knitting a piece of thread held together with the yarn, in order to prevent holes.  I did it on this pair, and will definitely do it on all my future sock projects.  I thought that was a great tip.  

61 comments:

sherri said...

I love your socks and have tried to get that yarn, but it goes so fast. I am still working on the bee socks. You have got to make them. They are awesome. Thanks for the heel tip. You're so awesome.

Wannabe said...

OOO, those are gorgeous.

Macoco said...

The color is beautiful. You did a great job with those socks. All of that texture makes them look even more comfy.

Knitterella said...

but so pretty!

Love the new header! :) It's perfect

nova said...

Defininately NOT just a pair of socks! They are great!

Stacey said...

Those are so pretty! I have never used Sundara either - one of these days I will change that!

Love the new banner also!

Sarah Jackson said...

Those are gorgeous! The pattern really shows off the gorgeous color.

I love Sundara's yarn, although I've never used the sock yarn. I made a sweater out of her sport merino and a Clapotis from the silky merino. Her colors are amazing.

kim said...

First - Love, love, love the new banner!

The socks are fabulous! The color is so rich - almost makes me want to knit a pair of socks again. Almost...

Susan said...

I know - I saw your post title & that it was Sundara yarn & thought to myself **just** socks??? With Sundara yarn????

;)

I've scored several skeins of her yarn - it's not horridly tough, you just have to watch for when she's going to update her shop & then follow through. I made a pair of Snicket Socks in her 'green tea' colourway and they're stunningly beautiful. I get compliments on them every time - and it's totally the yarn that gets compliments, not my very-average knitting skills!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

So glad to be of help to you! I love the Sundara yarn as well, there is some 'x' quality that just makes it the perfect sock yarn, and that peony/berry color is killing me!!

Amy said...

They're just lovely! The Sundara sock yarn is such a joy to work with.

(Am I the only person who gets holes on the balls of the feet waaaay before the heel starts wearing?)

Lynette said...

i love your socks; they're yarn makes the stitches pop. now i need to sample some Sundara yarn.

ps. your cookie looks just like the winning cookie on Ultimate Recipe Showdown. yum!

Philigry said...

now those are some nice socks! love them!

Elizabeth said...

Mmmm - those look so soft and comfy. And I love the new banner.

Denise said...

Lovely color for those socks, and they look great on. I do like your new header, I feel like I could just pick up that cookie and take a bite ;-)

sheepish one said...

simply fabulous!
you know i love knitting socks. normally, i wouldn't part with my sock yarn, but for you, daahling, anything.

SpiderWomanKnits said...

Lovely Socks! I haven't tried Sundara yarn yet myself but the colors are so amazing.

SpiderWomanKnits said...

Sorry, I forgot to say that I **love** your new banner :-)

Jess said...

I need to try this yarn! The socks are beautiful. They just look like- the definition comfy!

Kristin said...

Lovely! They are really a great spring color.

Seanna Lea said...

I'll have to use that on my next pair of socks (I have two pairs on the needles, which I should get cracking on). Did you use normal thread or quilting thread?

Windy Knitty said...

Very pretty! Great pattern, and the color of that yarn is gorgeous.

pinkrosecottagelady said...

Wow - they make me even more sure that I want to learn to knit socks. The colour is beautiful!

La Cabeza Grande said...

When I first saw the title of your post, I thought, "Coming from you, there's no way they could be 'just socks."

Then you acknowledge the understatement that is pattern wed with Sundara yarn. Her colors are just so lush and complex.

sewfunky said...

They look fantastic! :)

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Love these socks. They're the perfect color don't ya think !

MadMad said...

There is nothing better than Sundara yarn - she is a genius. In fact, I keep ordering it, then starting a sock, then deciding the yarn is actually too nice to waste on socks... and then doing nothing with it. But she has such an eye for color, doesn't she? It is fabulous to work with!

I love your new header photo, too!

Pam said...

wow it seems like it doesn't take you much time to knit up all these things, how long does it really take? do you knit every day for so many hours? all of your work is so very beautiful. you are very very talented.

best wishes.

peaknits said...

Wow - the yarn is beautiful - and it is a dream to knit up. Love your pattern choice, compliments perfectly!

kirsten said...

oh!
these look terrific.
nice job.

house on hill road said...

gorgeous.
i have some of sundara's yarn that sarah (still life in yarn) gave me....this might be the project. when i can knit, of course. :)

LizKnits said...

They look great... like the cookie in the header too. =]

Rachel said...

that banner totally made me want a cookie! Love the socks!

Teyani said...

love love love sundara yarns. All of hers are incredible.
And I've knit that pattern before too - such a fun one.

Jodi said...

Wonderful socks! I'm in the midst of knitting a pair with that same wonderful yarn.

Alisha said...

Awesome socks and those cookies down below need to be on my list to make....they look so good!

Knit & Purl Mama said...

They are just lovely!

Ani said...

i, like the 37 other people before me, love these socks! and i'm most grateful for the thread tip...the heel just wore out on the first pair of socks i ever made (sigh).

yaiAnn said...

Love your new banner! And the socks, yummy yummy!

Queen of the froggers said...

They look great and are certainly not just socks in that yarn!

KeanaLee said...

so pretty!

Kaet said...

that yarn looks beautiful! and the socks are almost too pretty to wear- almost!

nicole said...

The best colour ever.

(and the knitting is not too shabby either!)

amandajean said...

the socks look wonderful. i am super impressed.

femiknitter said...

The socks look great! I'm SO with you on the Sundara yarn--it's my absolute favorite. I love her base yarn, and, of course, the colors are fantastic. Yum.

Heather said...

Very cute!!

iknitipurl said...

Beautiful socks. I thought you should know that your raves about Sundara yarn contributed to my membership of her Seasons Club. In all honesty I have been wanting to join that past two times. I finally had enough of the great reviews and figured I should check it out myself! :)

zebraknits said...

The new banner looks so inviting and I love it. Your socks a re a gem for cold feet. Enjoy!

Lucette said...

Your socks are stunning and perfect for spring.

Java Mama said...

The socks look comfy. Love the new banner. I am hoping to try the Giant Ginger cookies this weekend. Thanks!

Digger said...

Wow, those socks are gorgeous. I went onto Etsy to see if I could buy some hand made socks seeing as I don't have a hope of ever being able to knit any. I was amazed at the lack of socks on there.

Lynne said...

Love the new banner and your socks

TJ said...

Those socks look so comfy! It's my dream to be able to make myself socks one day :)

Felicia said...

What beautiful socks :)

Yarn It said...

Very cute socks! Sundara yarn is amazing. I would love to find out from you how well they wear. I have that exact same color way - love it!

SMF.sportychic said...

Gorgeous socks Leslie! That baby cable pattern look fantastic!

SMF.sportychic said...

Oh, and the new header is so "Leslie"! Kind of like how somethings that remind you of Martha Stewart's style are "So Martha", you have a very distinct, and very cool Leslie style.

Cinnamonamon said...

Pretty, pretty socks; love the new banner! :)

Romi said...

Mmmmmmmmm. Gorgeous! I must try her yarn. :)

tiennie said...

Beautiful socks! Love Sundara yarn. Lovely job!

Emily said...

Those socks are gorgeous. All the FOs I've seen with Sundara have looked great. I may have to indulge and buy some.