Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Regia Silk Socks

Regia SocksI posted about finishing DH's socks a while back but I never posted the details. Here are some pictures. I bought two skeins of Regia Silk when I went on a yarn crawl last summer. I intended to make the socks for DH's autumn birthday. I finished them a little late but he got them, he likes them and he wears them. In fact, it took me longer than I thought to get these photos because I had to hold them when they came out of the laundry. He wears them as soon as they make their way back into his sock drawer.

You might be able to see that the two skeins that I originally purchased weren't enough to finish this project. If you look closely you can see that the toes are a little darker than the rest of the sock. That is were I added the third skein which didn't match the dye lot of the first two. This is another reason that I will always knit both socks at once on two circular needles! I loved knitting with this yarn and would definitely use it again. I also want to try Knitpicks Gloss sock yarn which has a similar fiber content (wool and silk).

Regia Socks InitialsWhen I was planning these socks I knew I wanted to use gansey type stitches. Many traditional ganseies had the wearers initials knit in just above the bottom welt. I knit in DH's initials just below the top ribbing. The photo is not so great but you can sort of see his initials here. You can click on the picture to see it bigger. The initials lay across the front of the leg.

This photo is my attempt to show the detail of the leg pattern. Click away to see the picture enlarged. I tried to be symbolic with my choices. DH enjoys hunting and fishing so I included a tree pattern and some small ropes. I posted the chart when I started these socks.

yarn: Regia Silk 3 skeins black
needles: 2 size 0 circular
pattern: my own mostly undocumented
started: July, 2006
completed: January, 2007


Anonymous said...

Lou, the socks look great! I can't blame DH for wearing them as soon as they appear in his sock drawer--I'd do the same!

Anonymous said...

Lovely socks. Excellent patterning too. No wonder your husband is so proud to wear them!

Anonymous said...

I am in awe of your patience. I swatched up some socks on 0's and did part of a toe and promptly ripped them out.

Marguerite said...

I love those socks! You did a great job of coming up with an original pattern. No wonder your DH loves them.

Kimberly said...

Those are fabulous socks. I love the detail. I really love the initials. Great job but then I don't really need to tell you that. :) I also love regia silk.

Ina said...

Oh, socks of beauty! What a great use of a gansey pattern. Thanks for the chart, must fumble my way through it.

Incidentally, how did you change little thingie in the navigation bar?