Friday, May 18, 2007

Didnae turn owt a wee stoater?

That's Scottish slang for didn't they turn out really attractive?

Dead brilliant, they sure did!! :)

I give you the Clan Tartan Socks!

Heel-n-toe

pretty sharp, huh?

so manly!


can you hear the pipes and smell the heather?


Specs:

Clan Tartan Socks

Pattern: my own, top down mistake stitch rib on 72 stitches, reduced to 68 for the foot


YO short row heel with mini flap and gusset


US #1 (2.25mm) Aero teflon DPNs

Custom dyed superwash merino in Tartan from
Cherry Blossom Fibers

I totally love how these turned out. The color is rich, warm and saturated and the yarn nice and soft. My only complaint is the yarn "tore" in a few places....it just sort of fell apart. This was my first experience with this vendor and I'm not sure what the base yarn is but I admit with the added ends to weave in because of the contrasting ribbing, heels and toes I was NOT at all thrilled to have an additional eight ends to weave in (the yarn broke 4 times!)

In the end, I love them and they are winging their way to Glasgow even as I write this!

I've finished the Lavold tank and it's blocking so I'll have a FO to show off next week and some new projects on the drawing board!

Now I leave you with the P-Man doing a Highland Fling! :)

Have a great weekend!!


34 comments:

Kimberly said...

Those are great! He's going to love them.
Oh and yes, I can hear the pipes and smell the heather. :-)

Agnes said...

Hahaha ... first one to comment! :D
I love the custom colours too ... too bad about the extra ends to weave in ... I hate that very much too! But still, the socks are cool!

Agnes said...

Ooops ... I was not the first! :(

Maia said...

Manly, yes, but I like 'em too!

Ooops, sorry, that is Irish (Spring).

Great socks!

Four breaks! Sheesh people!

La Cabeza Grande said...

P-man says, "I want sine handsome Tartan socks, too, Mom!."

One can almost hear the squeal of the pipes...

chris said...

They are most wonderful. I wish I knew something appropriate to say in Scottish, but sadly, I lack in that department!

Carole Knits said...

Those socks are awesome - I love the contrast of the heels and toes. I'm knitting socks for Dale right now and I'm using 80 stitches so I'm jealous that you can get away with 72 for this man!

Wendy said...

Fab socks!

Lucy wants to know if the Pman will dance with her.

Monika said...

Great socks!

Sherry said...

Even though they are for a man I hope I can say they are ADORABLE!!!

Alison said...

I hate weaving in ends, too, but they really do look great! Oh, I loved Scotland.

jody said...

they're great! i love how personal the coloring is too.

AmyP said...

Lovely socks - and very tartan-like!

Imbrium said...

Beautiful socks, but I can't believe the yarn broke! Did you contact the vendor? That's just not right.

Angie said...

Yes, I agree, dead lovely. Brilliant, I love the big stripe of green at the top of the leg, really finishes them off. Well done.

Carol said...

I'd be interested in a view up the ol' kilt;) The socks are wonderful and so is the P-Man of course!

Zarzuela said...

They came out great! Love the colors! And that pic of the P-man is just hilarious!! How *do* they twist themselves like that without breaking anything?!

Jessica

Opal said...

Fantastic socks! Quincy wants to join in on all the dancing!

WandaWoman said...

I love the custom colors. That's really too bad about the yarn breaking. All of the weaving in of ends is one of the deterrents to knitting with more than one color to me. I hate that. The socks turned out lovely and the Scottish Man can't help but love them.

La said...

Looks like P got a wee bit o' the 'nip!

Those socks are faboo!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Those are some fantastic manly socks!

Cookie said...

Fabulous socks!

The P-Man is very good. Not everyone an Fling while napping. ;^)

Happy Weekend!

Leslie said...

P-man is a goodly handsome cat as usual - but he's dancing in his sleep??? Or are his eyes just closed in estacy as he whirls around??

Socks look lovely too, of course. I enjoy contrasting toes, heels and cufs - they wake you up a bit:)

Julie said...

Those are some handsome socks!

I love that picture of P-man. He's so darn cute!

Sherri said...

You've been tagged! Now you need to go to my blog to read the rules.
~ Sherri

Sheri said...

Love those Scottish hose! My Grandfather is Scottish and his clan was the Stuarts, there plaid was the red and white plaid, not as pretty as the MacDonald's plaid which is green and navy blue. Funny part about this whole story, his last name was MacDonald and his first name was Stuart. Didn't you want to know all that?
Great socks! If only my imagination would work like that I could make clansman socks for the whole family!
Sheri in GA

KnitNana said...

Lovely socks! Don't like the idea of the yarn falling apart as you stitch, tho'
Himself is wondrous in his "fling!"
He is such a cuddly guy...
(((hugs)))

twig said...

Love the socks! You picked the perfect colorway.

Terri said...

I think I can hear the chanter in the background... The socks are beautiful and manly, but then again everything you do it pretty top notch! I can't wait to see that tank on your next post. Happy knitting.

Knittinreed said...

Fab socks!! And Pman is too adorable. What a personality he has.

sulu-design said...

Love them (and your fabulous title, too)!

Denise/CT said...

Love them there socks! Awesome job. I'd love to have you talk more about the combination heel you use. Looks like a great fit. Have you ever tried to "spit splice" wool yarn when it breaks? No ends to weave in and the yarn is just as strong as the rest of the skein.

Debi said...

Can't spit splice superwash yarn Denise - it doen't felt :)

Also, there is a tutorial on my sidebar about my "patented" heel!

Denise/CT said...

Yep, I guess that is the whole idea behind superwash isn't it? Duh? I tend to work with all wool products the majority of the time and just didn't think it thru. I'll check out the sidebar for the heal tutorial. I enjoy your post so much, I always jump right to the post. Thanks for the note about the addie in the last post. I've updated my profile. Hugs to P-Man.