A Success Story!

It took a long time, and a definite “grin and bear it” attitude, but I finally finished my embossed leaves socks.

Here’s the specifics:

Pattern: Embossed Leaves Socks (Mona Schmidt, Interweave Knits, Winter 2005)
Yarn: Knitpicks Essential (superwash wool and nylon)
Needles: US 2 Clover Bamboo (My fave for socks)
Began: March 2006
Finished: September 1, 2006
Mods: None except the yarn substitution
Final Measurements: I don’t have sock blockers. I wish I did. They fit my size 8 feet.
Final Comments: This is a great stitch pattern that is a pleasure to “watch.” I wish that I’d chosen a thicker yarn for the knitting. um. Yay! I’m finished.

So, the moral of the story is that Erica has found a mate. We can all be happy for her as her and her mate gallop off into the sunset of handknitted-sock-land. Look at how cute the two of them look as they cuddle.

The Second Sock syndrome persists, however. Rather than make significant progress on the second of a sock that has already been knitted, I’ve started 4 new socks (in my defense, all but one has been frogged). Seriously. I’m knitting the yarn I dyed the other day into this amazing sock pattern and I turned the heel today (I started it 4 days ago)! Meanwhile, I’m still on the leg/ankles of the second socks (assuming I’ve even started the second of that pair). Sigh.

Although, honestly, I should give myself more credit. This was the oldest UFO in my stash. That’s something right?

See another post about this pattern here.

15 Responses to “A Success Story!”


  1. 1 Punkin September 5, 2006 at 1:05 am

    Beautiful socks. Really lovely.

  2. 2 Karen September 5, 2006 at 9:51 am

    They are really beautiful! I bet you have happy feet when you have them on.

  3. 3 NORA September 5, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    Nicole, the red socks are truly beautiful. You’ve inspired me to start my 2nd pair. The sock bug patt is great – I’m also starting that one today!

  4. 4 melissa September 5, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    those came out great! i actually started these a little while ago, but then completely abandoned them for other projects. after seeing yours, i may just get back to them.

  5. 5 Liz Kalloch September 5, 2006 at 10:45 pm

    WOW, those are so gorgeous… I am so not a sock knitter, but after all the great socks I have been seeing, I might have to try at least one…

  6. 6 Hooney September 6, 2006 at 9:34 am

    I love red socks. I started wearing hand-knitted wool socks last weeks and love how they feel on my feel. Embossed leaveswill definitely be the next pattern I use.

  7. 7 Kim September 6, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    Great socks! I made these a while back with Koigu and US 2 needles and they turned out huge. I plan on making them again with Koigu and US 1 needles!

  8. 8 nush September 6, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    They are absolutely lovely: I think I have to make some now.

  9. 10 hege September 7, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    Those are gorgeous! I want to make some too, thanks for the inspiration. :)

  10. 11 Kerry September 7, 2006 at 11:42 pm

    They are absolutely gorgeous! You should be very proud of your accomplishment. :-)

  11. 12 KathyMarie September 9, 2006 at 2:58 am

    I love that pattern, and the red really brings it out. Great work! [off to find a back issue of IK...]

  12. 13 Carol September 10, 2006 at 11:33 am

    Way to finish the UFO! They look beautiful

  13. 14 aimee September 19, 2006 at 9:36 pm

    Lovely socks! Hey, I wanted to let you know, I have seen sock blockers made from bent metal clothes hangers. In fact, I think in the Summer 2006 Spin-off magazine, there was an article about dyeing sock yarn, and all the sample socks in the photo were on wire blockers. Check it out–way cheaper than the ones I have seen for sale.


  1. 1 Zonnah’s Addictions » Blog Archive » Leaves Trackback on June 15, 2008 at 5:50 pm

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