Monday, June 11, 2007

Monkeying Around

Monkey Socks in Seacoast Handpainted Yarns are done. I love this pattern. I don't think my photo does it justice. It looks intricate but it is a very easy knit. Plenty of ooohs and aaahs from anyone who has seen and felt the socks. I'm sure I'll find a good home for them soon.

I definitely think there is a pair of monkey socks in my own feet's future.

In the meantime, I am knitting plain socks this week, but in an extremely bright Regia yarn that yields wide stripes. I am just zipping along - the first sock is almost done.

This past weekend I went digging through the stash (high-risk adventure) to locate this yarn:

I bought this over a year ago because it was a good deal and the colour appealed to me, even though it was not in my usual range of colour choices. About a month after buying the yarn, I received my Knitter's magazine and this pattern was on the cover:

"Persimmon Lace" (which is also found in Victorian Lace Today). I knew that yarn and pattern were just meant for each other.

A friend is having her 50th birthday in September and she loves the colour orange in all its variations so this will (hopefully) be her present.

The center panel is easy enough - a simple six-row repeat - although it is patterned on both even and odd rows. It is the border that makes me feel a bit queasy as I have never done one of these before. I am not sure that attempting this for the first time in slick mohair/silk yarn is the smartest thing to do. However, since I have survived foolhardy stunts adventurous experiences in the past I will jump in feet first into this. (There is always Plan B - orange socks!).

Never one to pass on an opportunity for online shopping, I ordered some of the new Addi lace circulars to try out on this project.


Grace Yaskovic said...

Don't fret over the border once you get started you will be looking for more shawls like it, I remember the first shawl I did like that and said no I can't no way now I try to incorporate a knitted on border in any designs I play with

The socks are lovely too!!!

Joan said...

Welcome to the webring! That persimmon shawl is amazing! I would love to knit it/have it but can't work lace on all rows. My brain explodes. Also love the moneky socks. Must google the pattern.

Joan said...

Thanks for the tip about the Monkey socks heel, I should have studied your photo better before heading off to google. I really hate the stockinette heel but am afraid to frog and lose all my lace sts. So I'm trying to talk myself into liking the heel as is. LOL.

Joan said...

Duh, me again. You convinced me to frog the crappy stockinette heel flap and my usual, so I did. LOL.