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Now, then -

What does the pattern on these socks put you in mind of?

I'm a little bit obsessed with argyle lately, can you tell? I love the idea of argyle socks, love the graphic punch of them, love the morsel of nuttiness they can offer worn under a suit, but really don't love intarsia. I really, really, really don't love intarsia. Some people are brilliant at it, but I...I start to hate myself the second I start winding bobbins.

So, a simple, subtle, gotta-look-twice version, done entirely with twisted stitches and traveling lines. We'll see how it looks on the foot, but I'm liking it right now.

Thanks for all the comments, supportive and otherwise, on Frost Flowers. I'm nuts, yes, but I'm not going to be too hard on myself if I don't finish - this is just kind of a fun "what if"; just to see if I could. Hobbies should be fun, not sources of self-loathing, right? Right. Well, maybe. Well, probably. But it should at least be amusing to watch!

That said - I'm getting really excited. I've decided on a dark red, sort of a juicy, delicious raspberry cordial kind of color - deep and clear and thirst-quenching just to look at. The mystery dyer who did such a beautiful job with that steely blue wool/silk Grumperina's Leaf Lace Shawl is doing some silk for me - huzzah! I can't wait to have it in my hot little hands.


Can't wait to see the silk! Not that I need to - I know it will be freaking fantabulous!

Oops, don't know why that came out anonymous... it's just me ;).

I really like that subtle argyle you've got going in the sock. Very fun!

Very cool sock! What yarn are you using? It's got great stitch definition.

I love the sock, too. The yarn is great -- do they make Baby Ull in that gorgeous red?

If you like the socks when you are done, this obsessed sock knitter would love to know how to make herself a pair. :)

Can I ask you a question? I've been trying out several different patterns with travelling stitches lately (I'm using EZ's directions for doing them) and somehow all the stitches that are leaning to the left look awful. The ones that go to the right are nice and even. What can I do? Do you have any tips?

I just saw the beautiful stitches in the sock and read "expert". :)

I am liking it too: cant wait to find out details :)

Intarsia is evil. This is why my argyle socks are sitting at the bottom of my basket. The bottom.

Oh, I love that sock pattern! Very cool. Hmm - some similarity between the sock color and the shawl-to-be color?

I hate intarsia too. When I did Hayden's Harry Potter sweater, I had every intention of doing the H in intarsia, but halfway up I realized it looked like total crap and had to rip the whole thing out. I ended up taking the easy way out and used duplicate stitch.

This is beautiful. You're creating your own pattern, or following a cable chart?

Beautiful pattern!

That pattern is awesome and I can't wait to see pictures of it as the socks progress.

I love the socks. I'm going to try a sock with some traveling lines and cables for my secret sock pal. Ought to be interesting. The shawl color sounds divine - I can't wait to see it.

I love the color of the sock. The pattern sets it off very well.

LOVE the sock - what a great stitch pattern. Is this another original??

oooo I love those socks. I'm a sucker for red and the texture is calling to me

Oh my goodness, that SOCK! It's so red and twisty! Love love love.

Cute socks! I'll be interested to see how they fit with all that twisting o'stitches.

I love that sock! I'm obsessed with socks lately, so I can't wait to see how this turns out. Is this your own pattern?

A stroke of genius!! I am excited to see the finished socks!

pattern! pattern! pattern! pattern!

i LOVE it! so cool!

after the olympics is fine, i think many of us have a few things to do until then.

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