28 June 2013

Mr Myrtle's Basket Weave Rib Socks

Mr Myrtle's Basketweave socks

I've been doing a spot of crocheting lately (I'll show you soon) and as I'm an absolute novice, it hasn't been the most relaxing of crafts so far. I can't really sit and mindlessly crochet like I can with knitting and until just recently, when I seem to have suddenly clicked with the pattern, I haven't been able to chat and crochet at the same time. It was all counting, messing it up, ripping back and counting again ... you get the picture. And, since I am a knitter of all seasons and all situations, I needed something else on my needles for taking out and about. 

It's been a while since I first cast them on but you might remember the socks I started for Mr Myrtle earlier in the year? They're 100% Kiwi - remember? Yarn dyed by a New Zealander, pattern written by a New Zealander and of course knitted by me ... a New Zealander. They're very patriotic socks, even though they're not black ;)

Mr Myrtle's Basketweave socks

Anyway, I found them squashed away in a bag. I'd finished one and had started the leg on the other (they're knitted top down).

I better tell you all the details: The yarn is a BFL and bamboo blend, hand-dyed by Annette of Soft Like Kittens in the Button Mushroom colourway. The pattern is Basket Weave Rib Socks; a freebie by Sarah Ronchetti and is available on Ravelry here. Mr Myrtle's feet are a wee bit longer than the largest size in the pattern, so I went up a needle size to 2.75mm needles and they've worked out just fine. The pattern actually stretches out a bit more wonderfully on his feet - but I couldn't get his feet, the socks and the camera all in one place at one time ... so here they are flat. (update: Sarah tells me she's added a "man size" to her pattern now!)

Of course it's sort of summer-ish here right now ("summer" might be a bit optimistic), so it'll be a while before Mr Myrtle gets to slip his tootsies into these socks, but he nods when I say I'm sure he's looking forward to it. 

The yarn is very squishy and inviting and I am over the moon about the pattern, which is super easy and makes a fabulous men's sock, don't you think? I am particularly loving Sarah's attention to detail at the toe. It's a very comfy fit.

My Ravelry project page is here.

Mr Myrtle's Basketweave socks

Socks are funny beasts. They seem to alternate from taking forever to finish, and flying off the needles. I think it depends just where you're up to. I find the leg can take ages, but once I hit the heel flap .... click, click, click ... and I'm done. 

These socks seemed to take no time to finish once I picked them up again and they've left me feeling in the mood for more socks. Fortunately, it seems I'm in luck. Sarah is hosting a sock knit-along in her Ravelry group starting 1 July. It's just what I need and I'm going to join in and knit her fabulous Scott Base socks, another pair for Mr Myrtle (isn't he lucky?). It was a toss-up between those and her lovely Ashill Socks for me - but I think I might have to splurge on a perfect, new, bright semi-solid for those .... so they'll be next. 

Do you think you'll join us? Oh go on, it'll be fun! 

Plus, Sarah is offering a generous discount on her sock patterns from now till the end of July, spot prizes and a prize at the end :)


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16 comments:

  1. nice! I keep meaning to knit some socks, but I lost a coin toss recently which means I am knitting a cardigan and Joanne is making the socks...

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  2. Your socks are gorgeous ~ That yarn looks delicious! I've actually added a larger size to the pattern since you started knitting, a true man size! :)

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  3. Gorgeous, snuggly, classy socks! And please don't tempt me to join another sock KAL!!! I just cast off one pair of KAL socks last night and really need to focus on my own Summer knitalong (most likely a lightweight shawl) and of course the spinning, as well as having the kids break up in a few weeks.....

    I need more time !

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  4. Sarah's patterns are fabulous. I love these socks, the color and everything is just perfect for Mr. Myrtle.

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  5. These came out perfect. The neutral is great for a husband.
    I saw Ginny Blackmore on Kelly & Michael yesterday morning. Found out she's from New Zealand. I thought of the term you use, "kiwi," and thought of you and KiwiYarns Knits.

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  6. These look absolutely lovely but I'm not a sock knitter I'm afraid. I have great admiration for people who are though, there are as many stitches in most socks as in a sweater I'm told, but the knitting around and around bores me to tears.

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  7. Fab socks! I've already planned two KAL's for July or I'd be joining in with Sarah's KAL too. Maybe if I knit quickly I can squeeze in at the end :-S

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  8. These look amazing - so very professional. I really hope that they are given the amount of enjoyment that they deserve. Especially if you are going to make another pair for him ;)

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  9. I have never knitted any sock!! Mr Myrtle's ones look amazing!

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  10. I love how nice and natural they look, it is a color that works with anyone. I've been wanting to knit one of Sarah's gorgeous sock patterns for a while now, but I just have too much going on! I'll enjoy reading about the KAL.

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  11. Lovely socks, I'm about to cast on a pair of Scott Base for youngest in the smallest size; love that pattern. Dh want his too, but he has to wait.

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  12. I have that pattern in my library...I'd love to do the sock along, but I am traveling, so won't get much knitting done..

    And I have the opposite problem....I am a crocheter...and knitting takes me forever! And I must count and stop...and figure out where I am...crochet flies off the hook....

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  13. Love your socks! Can't wait to see what you knit up in the KAL!

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  14. Good man socks. Mr. Myrtle is lucky to have a sock knitter in the family.

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  15. Love the natural coloured yarn with that pattern. They look so cozy.

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