Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sock Love-Monkey See/Monkey Do!

If loving these socks is wrong, well.....

The first thing I love about these socks is the colorway, which is "Stonechat."  I love all Malabrigo sock yarn, but this is far and away my favorite.  Malabrigo sock yarn is so soft and easy to work with.  Feels marvelous through the fingers!

Secondly, the pattern here is the well known "Monkey" pattern by Cookie A., but this is the first time I've made the "no purl" version of this pattern.  It's not only easier, but I like the result even more than the originals.  It's an easy pattern repeat to memorize and I can tell already this will be one I knit often.

Thirdly, I knit on these during my after-Christmas visit with my sister and her family.  We had a wonderful and truly relaxing time and these socks will serve as a sweet reminder.

Fourthly, did I mention the colors?  The picture doesn't do justice to them.  Something about the flash on my camera over-brightens yarn dyes.  The colors are much deeper and darker than they appear here and although there's a little pooling around the cuff and gusset, the majority of the sock is beautifully and subtly striped.

...and yes, that's the nefarious Timmy of kittenish tree climbing fame, astonishingly at rest alongside the socks -- See, the mystical power of these socks can calm even the most savage of beasts.

I have more of this colorway (2 skeins to be exact) and I'm strongly tempted to throw one on the swift and wind for another pair of socks.  I'm going to do my best to restrain myself though because I think it would make a gorgeous lace shawl.   Now to find just the right pattern....   suggestions?

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