Sunday, February 08, 2009

I Have A Dream

Of Africa socks that is.


I haven't made a pair of adult socks in nearly a year. And only two pairs last year!! It was time.

The details--

Pattern: I Dreamed of Africa socks

Yarn: Noro sock yarn (not sure what color...I don't pay attention if it's just a number).

Needles: US2

Notes: This was my first time knitting with the infamous Noro sock yarn. It's not so bad to knit with. Surprisingly enough--a size 7 sock completed a perfect repeat of the colors so that when it was time to cast on the second sock, it matched the first sock's colors.

I'm not so sure about the yarn overall. It doesn't have much spring to it. Even the 100% wool socks I've knit have more "oomph." But the colors are pretty and honestly, isn't that the only reason people knit with Noro?

The pattern was interesting too. I got it out of my 2008 Pattern A Day Calendar and it reminded me of those uber-popular Leyburns everyone is knitting. I will say picking up five slipped stitches and knitting them all together was a bitch and I'm really lucky I didn't break my needles!


Don't let the puckeriness fool you. These socks look better on an actual foot.

Now that I've got the urge to knit a pair of socks out of my system I can focus on my urge to knit a sweater.

Just in time for spring!

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Blogger Mag said...

Very pretty socks. And you're right, all Noro is 'multicolour'. ;-)
Have you washed them yet? All my socks get sproingier after washing.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Nice! The colorway is really pretty. I've never worked with Noro, but it looks like yarn that I have to try if just for the awesome colors.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I used that yarn in the same colors. I love the colors but the yarn itself is eh. And they didn't get any softer after I washed them. I wear them becaue the socks (I used a Kaibashira sock pattern) are wonderful looking but for softness they're not so hot. Both socks match up in colors which was really cool.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH! Those are some mighty fine looking socks! Just in time for going back to work! Hey atleast your feet will be happy! Love, Mom

12:57 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

noro always has such nice we get an on-the-foot shot??

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm diggin' the socks. Love, Aunt Susan

6:23 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Very nice! I have some Noro silk garden sock yarn and I'm a teeny bit afraid to knit with it because I have very tight tension.

7:00 PM  
Blogger JRS said...

Those look great! Yeah, definitely for the color. I mean, who would choose Noro for the way it feels? Only a Franciscan friar maybe. But the colors make me forget about how it feels.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Those are great fun!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

ugh, Noro. I made armwarmers (I think from stitch n bitch book) that had something...a k3tog or something? Of course once it occurred at the thinnest point in the yarn (Kureyon) and kept snapping. I hate the feel, and it's not springy at all. ugh. I would never buy more noro.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Laura said...


Those are some gorgeous socks! I wish I could knit, because I have the hardest time finding socks that fit right - I wear a size 6 women's shoe, and ladies' socks are nearly always too big on me, except for the short, stretchy, "footie" type socks, and obviously my feet would freeze in those during a Cleveland winter! I'd try kids' socks, but those would be too small. : )

My husband thinks I'm nuts because I'm excited that Lands' End carries kids' shoes up to the equivalent of a ladies' size 7 (exact same measurements). They carry a lot of the same style of shoe in both ladies' and kids' sizes, so I told him I can just buy a size 6 in kids' shoes from them, and save myself a bunch of money over buying an identical pair in a ladies' size 6, ha, ha!

10:16 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Those turned out great! So glad to hear the Noro wasn't as bad as so many have said. I know I probably won't love it, but Snowboarder gave the yarn to me last Christmas and I really would like to use it!

The colors are fabulous!

12:19 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

I had the same color yarn. I made the Falling Waters scarf. Noro has pretty colors, but really, I do not care for the yarn itself.

8:19 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

cute socks! one of these days i will try that yarn.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...


1:38 PM  
Blogger Disco said...

Hey, I'm sitting here reading your blog and knitting on my Leyburns!

I like your Noro socks. The stitch pattern looks like tiny spiders :0)

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

You know what sucks? When you have a design on the needles (in the case of socks, in which you have only finished the single sock) and someone beats you to throwing the pattern out there WITH THE SAME DESIGN.


yours look very pretty tho.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Neat socks! I tried a pattern like that on a dish cloth and so could not get the knit those strands together...

5:08 PM  
Blogger SiressYorkie said...

Okay, is it wrong that I keep thinking of these socks?? The colours...gah, no wonder Noro is like crack. You can't ever get enough.

1:33 PM  
OpenID bufanditas said...

The socks look awesome. Not only do I like the color, the stitch pattern is great. (well worth a broken needle) ;)

5:44 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Very nice socks! I love them!

I feel the need to start a pair of socks now. I have yarn waiting in the wings.

6:21 PM  

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