Thursday, April 09, 2009

Spring Has Sprung!

Besides fall, spring is my favorite season. I love how things that used to be brown are turning green again. Life is beginning all over again. I am ready to get outside again and feel the fresh air and sun on my face. I love to open my windows and watch the lacy curtains twist and fold as the wind flows through. Sometimes I sneak off and close the bedroom door, open the windows and lay down on the bed lulled to sleep by the sound of a neighbor mowing their lawn. So my ode to spring this year has the perfect name and the perfect color.

I decided that a project that has been languishing on the needles for nearly a year needed to either move forward of disappear all together. I haven't frogged too many projects but it was time to say goodbye to these...and hello to these...
I found the pattern for these Spring Forward Socks on Ravelry. The pattern is free so I downloaded it months back and 10 days ago after my daffodils were pretty much done blooming I decided I needed more yellow in my daily life. Even though my favorite color is green, I have been more and more attracted to yellow over that last year. I am painting my bedroom walls yellow and have even gotten a bed set in yellow. Yellow and green represent spring to me and during the winter months when we don't see as much sun, those two colors help to hang on to what's around the corner.

These socks were knit on Tess' Designer Yarn Super Socks & Baby. I used the yarn from the pair above that I frogged. I love this shade of yellow and decided that since I was going to knit one pair of lace socks with this yarn, another pair was in order to replace the ones I just couldn't finish.

I started with #1 dpns and then decided after knitting the cuff and about 8 rows the sock was going to be too small. I really didn't want to start all over again so in mid-stream, I changed to size #2 dpns and finished both socks with those needles. One sock is a little more snug in the cuff but I am okay with that and I learned a lesson. I don't know if this holds true for anyone else but if I knit a lace pattern that has 60 some odd stitches I need to go up a needle size from #1s to #2s. If I knit socks that have 72 stitches or more I can to stick with 1s and still have them fit my Flinestone feet. I don't usually use any yarn for my socks except for sock yarn. I like how small and uniform the stitches are with #1s. I have only recently started using #2s and found then to be close to the results of 1s. I am not fond of big bulky looking socks.

I would knit these socks over and over because they are easy and look way more complicated than what they are.
Aren't they cute? They are super easy to knit and you get a great looking pair of lace socks. If you want to see another great pair check these out. They are even more wonderful than mine!


Sharon said...

The socks look great and they look like they fit - a big plus in my book. Well done!

vlb5757 said...

Imagine my shock that they actually fit. It seems like I have that reaction every time! I am never really sure anything will fit. They were an easy knit so I really loved them.

Leigh said...

They're wonderful! I need to try these too. Lacy looks usually say "too complicated" to me, but if you say they're easy, then I will definitely give them a try.

Luni said...

That's a happy ending to your story of the abandoned socks. Very pretty. Yellow is the top color for this spring, I hear.
Thanks for the mention!

kemtee said...

The Spring Forward pattern is great and goes so fast, but I agree with you that I'd have to go up the needle size to get them to fit me. Fortunately, my SIL (who I knit them for) has no such problem!

You did a great job.

vlb5757 said...

Leigh, after that sheep sweater these would be a walk in the park! I don't do really complicated socks so you know these were easy. I had a good time knitting these and I would knit them again any day. When I go to MS&W, I am going to look for the perfect shade of green to knit these again. Loved them!

Luni-I loved your socks and how you lined them up. I am not that advanced but they were really fun to knit. You deserved the mention because you always do such wonderful projects.

Kemtee-I have short stubby feet so I usually have to change my needle size. I am swatching for a pair right now that I am thinking I have to go down to a smaller needle. How the job going? All that yarn tempting?? I would never have a paycheck.