11 January 2013

Belle Epoque Socks

I've finally, finally finished the socks I've been working on since October 8th, 2012 according to my record on Ravelry.  It is really strange that I have gone multiple days in a row without knitting ever since I started graduate school.  This is especially strange considering knitting was my biggest stress reliever in my undergraduate days.  So, I was even more proud of myself when they didn't look like this anymore:



The pattern is Belle Epoque by Wendy Johnson from her book Toe-Up Socks for Every Body.  I love Wendy's patterns, I learned how to knit two-at-a-time, toe-up socks from one of her books and she made it so easy with her clear instructions.  I'm not usually one for lacy things (although who doesn't enjoy decreases), but I really loved how these looked.  After struggling with the cuffs for a while I decided to go with just a plain ribbing, which I don't like quite as much.



The yarn is Cascade Heritage Silk, which is a nice merino/silk blend.  I don't like most of Cascade's yarns, they have always been a disappointment to me when compared to Berroco.  I didn't think that it was as soft as that blend should be, but I've noticed that about Cascade's competitor to Berroco Ultra Alpaca as well.  It did have a gorgeous color complimented by a slight shininess that I loved though.


I actually finished these before holidays, but couldn't find the time to photograph them.  I also couldn't stop wearing them because they take me back to my modern dance days for some reason (I want to wear a long flowy skirt with them).  So there you have it!  Another finished project!

26 comments:

  1. Wow, your socks are gorgeous.

    I've never made a toe-up pair or even two at a time. Kudos!

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  2. Soooo pretty! I love the color you chose!

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  3. They look so wonderful!
    Although I have to admit that I didn't come to terms with Wendy Johnson's book »Socks From the Toe Up« ... no idea why. But it was so terribly difficult for me (probably due to my lack of experience) to readjust even the basic sock sts for my shoe size ... Then I had trouble about the short rows ... :/ ah, well. I'll try again with something else. ;)

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  4. ooh those are super pretty socks; I love the colour and the design :D have a knitty day xx

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  5. I haven't tackled toe-up yet, but I hear it's more fun than cuff-down. I also haven't tried a lace sock yet, but I think I'm comfortable enough with the heel turn and such that I'm ready to try!

    They look really nice, by the way.

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  6. Gorgeous! I've wanted to try the Heritage Silk. I love Heritage. My socks seem to take ages these days now too. Congrats for finishing them! You remind me that I need to take photos of my Heritage socks....

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  7. I like the lace pattern and the colour. They look lovely :-)

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  8. These are beautiful. The red yarn with that lace pattern makes them really spectacular. I couldn't imagine going days without knitting... I haven't since I started. I definitely think my family would suspect something was wrong with me if I suddenly set down my needles.

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  9. LOVE this color !

    Sox are my true love

    Hugs

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  10. Your socks look great. Although I'm sorry to hear that you aren't knitting as much. As far as I'm concerned, school is an interruption to knitting time.

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  11. That pattern looks like torture. But the results are amazing!

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  12. I think everyone needs a gorgeous pair of red socks just like yours!

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  13. They look great! well done on getting them finished!

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  14. Yay! Thay are gorgeous - I love lace socks - and your long skirt is just perfect. I used to do a lot of dance too - mostly modern and contemporary. These days it's all dancing in the kitchen :)

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  15. Those turned out beautifully! I can totally understand not wanting to take them off. Also, that whole toe-up, two-at-a-time thingy is on my short list of Things To Learn this year, so thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Lovely socks. Can't quite wrap my brain around two at a time, especially with lace. You are my hero!

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  17. Those are fun socks! The lacy pattern makes it interesting. I can imagine you twirling about in them.

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  18. They turned out really nice! I love doing two at a time socks too,especially toe up, and although I haven't tried any lace yet, seeing yours makes me want to give it a try!

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  19. Wow, it looks like you have been very busy knitting! The socks are lovely and the yarn you are using seems really nice. When I think of Cascade all I think of is 220. Got to expand my horizons! Can't wait to see your finished sweater.



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  20. Gorgeous socks, and I love the colour too!

    I really like the last picture, you look like a ballerina.

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  21. Beautiful work. I love the color and the lace.

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  22. GOrgeous Great color with blue jeans

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  23. Beautiful socks! That stitch pattern looks like a lot of fun, and the color is so lovely and vibrant. :)

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