Friday, February 22, 2013

FO: No Purl Monkeys


Pattern: No Purl Monkeys by Crafty Pancakes ... based on Monkey Socks from Cookie. A

Yarn: Top Cat from Wandering Cat Yarns in a colourway called "Mermaid's Delight"

Needles: size 1 (2.25 mm)

Modifications: I knit the large size from Knit.Sock.Love., knitting the purls as suggested by Crafty Pancakes. I added one repeat to each leg to make them longer, although now that they're done it might have been too much. I narrowed the foot by continuing the gusset decreases to 16 sts on each needle for the bottom of the foot. I should have decreased at the top of the heel too.

Comments: The finished socks are a bit big. In my pictures the socks are still damp from blocking so I'm hoping a couple of times through the washer and dryer will snug them up a bit. I don't know what it is with me and big socks these days ... I almost ran out of yarn on this pair as well but snuck through with about 2 grams leftover!

The pattern is lovely and shows the yarn beautifully, but if I do them again I think I'll go back to the original version of the pattern from Cookie A., purl stitches and all. It gives a stretchier fabric I think.

I finished another project this week - some secret Christmas knitting and yes, I do know it's the end of February. No pictures yet because it's a secret. What I can tell you is that the project involved colourwork and the dark colour RAN during blocking. BADLY. I am so annoyed about this. I've soaked, resoaked and soaked again, but the light colour remains badly discoloured by the dark colour. I've drafted several versions in my head of the complaint letter I will be sending to the Loopy Ewe about their Loopy Solids Series ... but I'd better wait until I'm calm enough to write it without curse words.

It's Finished Object Friday and I'm linking up with Tami's Amis. Presumably someone had a more successful week than I did. Unless everyone's stuck in the February blahs?

16 comments:

Wanderingcatstudio said...

They look great - be careful with the Top Cat in the dryer - keep and eye on them because they will shrink!

Chrisknits said...

The socks are beautiful! Oh no on the yarn. I hate when that happens!! Hopefully they can replace the yarn, but it will never replace the knitting.

Michelle said...

The socks look great. I tend to feel that CookieA sock patterns are large, for me, generally. Hopefully a good wash/dry will snug them up for you. :-D

Jenn said...

I have never made socks... I need to give it a try. Love the color!

Jazz said...

Gorgeous socks!

katie metzroth said...

I ended the week on a good note, but there sure was a bit of cursing there in the middle. so sorry to hear about your yarn luck!!! :( - your monkeys look great, but I'll definitely keep your feedback in mind!

Dee said...

They look GREAT!!! My Monkey socks are always just a little bit big. Don't know why.

Amy said...

Great socks!

I am so sorry to hear about your yarn problem...that is always a fear of mine when I wet block.

Elizabeth said...

So frustrating about your colourwork! I sympathize.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Oh that really sucks about the color bleeding...all that work! I still have not attempted the Monkey socks...like your no purl monkeys and my socks always seem to be a bit big...

Alittlebitsheepish said...

The socks look super, lovely colour. I have a tendency to make socks a bit too big, not been brave enough to put them through a machine wash so far!

Deb said...

Pretty socks.

PS - I've also started Christmas knitting. You're not alone.

Alicia Landi said...

Oh no! Sorry to hear that the color ran. The Loopy Ewe are usually great with customer service so hopefully they can make it up to you somehow.

Caffeine Girl said...

Thanks for the warning on the purl-free Monkies. I always worry about socks having enough stretch.

They are very pretty, though!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I was going to congratulate you on the early holiday knitting, but now I'm just bummed out about your color running experience. Wow.

Kepanie said...

Oh this blue is brillant! My Monkey socks were a bit big too but that could have been my gauge problem.
Eek! You've reminded me of Christmas knitting and here almost one fourth of the year is done. That totally sucks how the color ran. WTH with the ppl who dyed it? What company is this so I won't buy that sock yarn?