Thursday, November 06, 2008

Kauni Socks

Well, I did finish my Kauni socks - actually they were done on Tuesday but I haven't got around to posting them til now. They did meet with a small pet disaster.

Zoe

"I guess I feel a little guilty, but knitting needles sure are tasty!"

The door to the room containing my sock-in-progress was left open and Zoe decided that munching on the circular needles was a good plan. She chewed through the cord, but luckily no yarn was harmed. She's the one who was responsible for this too, so I guess I should have been prepared.

But despite their close call, the Kauni socks turned out just fine:

Kauni Socks

Yarn: Kauni 8/2 in colorway W-EQ
Started: 10/19/08
Finshed: 11/4/08

I'm quite pleased with them, and apparently my feet are the exactly right size (and my estimates on how long to make the leg are very good!) because I managed to make a pair of socks with exactly one rainbow. I knew it would work!

I've also gotten a few questions via the comments that I'll attempt to answer:

Cindy asks: So, what's your secret?? Is there particular pattern for how you pick up your gusset stitches?

I don't think I have a secret, as far as I know I pick them up the normal way - under both strands of the V made by the slipped edge stitch. I do tend to keep the tension pretty tight while picking up stitches, and I pick up an extra stitch by basically doing a m1 increase in the bar between the gusset and heel flap stitches to help avoid the hole. Then when knitting across the picked up stitches the first time I knit them through the back loop to twist them and hopefully tighten them up a bit.

Me (no, not me, someone named Me) asks: I only "know" Kauni from looking at pictures. The description always say it is such a rough yarn. Is it really going to be nice to wear as a sock? Or do you wear other socks under your handknit socks anyway? Or am I mistaken?

Kauni is a pretty rough yarn. That said, I don't think yarn needs to be particularly soft to wear on my feet. I walk around on them all day, they're pretty tough. ;) The Noro yarn is also not particularly soft and I like those socks just fine. Although it's also not machine washable so I'm sure the bottoms of the feet will felt a bit, I took that into account and made the socks a little bigger than I usually do. And really I was more obsessed with the idea of these socks than thinking of the practicality.

I don't wear other socks under my handknit socks, although it seems people must because I've been asked this a couple times. I can't imagine wearing two pairs of socks - I tend to run pretty warm and it's not that cold around here. Maybe on the coldest day in Boston.

Listening to: Youth Overrided (acoustic) ~ Cave In

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Blogger Denise said...

I feel your pain. My cats love to chew on needles and the cords of circulars if left unattended and accessible.

You must have really tough skin for Kauni socks. I'm knitting my Mom a sweater and the knitted fabric is feeling a lot like burlap. But, I do have sensitive skin.

I'm hoping the yarn will soften up after it's washed and soaked in a good hair conditioner.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Oooh! Love the colors of those Kauni socks!

I also knit the picked up stitches through the back loop on the first round after picking them up. I came across that instruction in an Evelyn Clark pattern and really liked how it tightened those st, so now I do it for every sock pattern.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Toby said...

Love those socks! The color gradation is just perfect.

2:06 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Those look too cool! Love how each color melts into the next!

It's too bad the yarn is on the rough side, I'm all about the squooshy! ;)

7:28 PM  
Blogger ~RaenWa~ said...

I always enjoy checking out the socks you make they are always great

10:42 PM  
Blogger Nichole D. said...

Oooooh they're so pretty! They sell Kauni in a LYS up in Santa Fe (about an hour from me), I may have to get some with my Christmas money. YUM!

I love the bright colors, and the "matching but not really" aspect. Great job!

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

We had a puppy that ate my needles - always got the pair that I loved the best! Great socks - love the colors

5:41 PM  
Blogger weebug said...

i am totally in love with your kaunii socks!!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous SockPixie said...

Great socks!

12:27 PM  
Blogger rita said...

They are incredibly beautiful! I think I need some....

11:48 AM  

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