Cast Off – March Sockdown

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I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning last night to finish my March Sockdown socks.  I don’t normally stay up until 2:00 a.m. but when I jog on my treadmill in the early evening then my body doesn’t want to go to bed at 10:30 p.m.  I enjoy the feeling of being industrious when I stay up that late but, unfortunately, on the flip side I feel ‘lazy’ the next day when I wake up late and my day flys by without much accomplishment.

 

I finished these socks around my normal bedtime and tryed them on only to discover they were a tad too short.  Briefly, very briefly, I contemplated gifting them to a family member with a smaller foot.  My sweet hubby helped me push through that brief moment of benevolence by reminding me that I deserve to have them for myself since I loved the yarn and the pattern so much.  So, I went to bed resolved to rip out the toes the next morning and add a repeat.  I tryed to fall asleep but frog downstairs kept getting louder and louder….rippit, rippit me.  I dragged my non-sleepy body out of bed and selected a recorded movie to watch.  Some people experience the ‘call of the sirens’ whilst others experience the ‘call of the knitting basket.’  Do any of you experience this?

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Ann Budd’s DIAGONAL CROSS-RIB SOCKS

Yarn:  Dream in Color Smooshy – Lipstick Lava

Needles:  2.25 and 2.00mm

What can I say about the Dream in Color Smooshy yarn?  I love it.  It was fun to knit with and the color is scrumptious.  I like that it is tightly wound yet smooshy.

I also enjoyed knitting the diagona cross rib pattern although, as stated in an earlier post, the simple twist broke one of my Lantern Moon needles.  BTW, they shipped two replacement needles within days of my email to them!  That being said, I strongly recommend using metal needles to knit this pattern.  I worked the upper leg on needles one size larger to accomodate the calf.  Since I prefer snug socks, I used 2.25 and 2.00mm needles.  However, I think a step up in needle sizes would have been fine for the average foot size.

19 Comments on “Cast Off – March Sockdown

  1. Oh yes — I’ve heard the call of the knitting many times. There have been times when DH is just getting up to go to work and I’m getting ready to head to bed after an all-night-knit.

  2. The socks are gorgeous & they look great. I have yet to hear that call but I do toss & turn in bed when I have a problem with a pattern.

  3. The socks are gorgeous! I am so glad you posted a photo since I also thought about knitting the same pattern. When something is on my mind, such as needing to “fix” something I knit, I cannot sleep either.(LOL)

  4. They’re lovely! I’m so glad to hear the good review of the Smooshy; I’m saving mine for something special.

  5. What a great job. The color and pattern work so well together. Congratulations on a beautiful knit.

  6. They are so pretty. Yes, my knitting basket calls me to. I also have the call of the spinning wheel and recently it is the call of the dyes. Heck I am even dreaming about dye and color ways. 🙂

  7. They are gorgeous, Rebecca! Love the pattern. I have never used the Smooshy yarn. Perhaps someday….. I am really hoping that the sock bug bites me again – and soon!

    No – I NEVER stay up late to fix a problem. I assure you I would only make more problems late at night. I am so very much a morning person, my brain just shuts down early in the evening. Now morning time…that’s another story. I often times get up at 3:am with a fix it on my mind…and rarely sleep past 4 or 4:30. All of my working life, I was up at 4, so guess the internal time clock does not yet realize that I am retired. Early am’s are my very favorite time of day….always has been….even as a child. The rest of my siblings were morning grumpie-butts!! Dad and I were the cheerful ones…..

  8. Those are the most beautiful socks. I have that book and I have some Dream in Color in green that I am going to use to make a pair of socks for my daughter’s teacher. I think you just helped me pick the pattern thanks. I have heard the call of the knit too. I tend to mess things up at night so I try to ignore it when I can.

  9. Gorgeous socks!

    I’m a knitter and a quilter. When un-sleepiness takes over my brain in the wee hours of the morning I have to knit instead of sew since my sewing machine is in the loft above our bedroom. Knitting is (almost) always soothing and relaxing to me.

    Congrats on your progress on your top ten stash projects!

  10. I love absolutely everything about these socks…the color, photography, pattern. Wow! I have to say they are a wonderful “sell” for the pattern…I have passed the pattern up many times b/c of the uninspiring pic in Fav. Socks. Once I saw yours, I ran to my sock yarn stash and cast on….

    Lovely! Just lovely!

  11. Your socks are so beautiful!!! I recently bought Dream in Color Deep Sea Flower and am anxious to start a new pair of socks. This looks like the perfect pattern to use! Have a blessed day!

  12. Beautiful socks — perfect yarn/pattern combo! I’m going to have to make something similar for myself.

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