I feel like I’ve been working on these socks forever. I feel like they are the only knitted item I’ve looked at or talked about forever. I was so sure that I had blathered on way too much about these that I had to look back and see just how many times I’ve written posts about them. I was surprised it was only five and the entire process only took 24 days. I spent the better part of Wednesday and yesterday knitting away trying to get to the end. This morning I kitchenered the toes. It is time for me to work on something else, anything else. The pattern is Ein Himmel voller Luftballons by Martina Kuppler. Remember I only used the chart and numbers from the pattern. I knit my socks top down and used a heel flap instead of the short row heel. I also used google translate to help me with the German. The yarn is String Theory Caper sock in pewter. I loved knitting the legs of these socks. Adding beads to knitting is so much fun and really easy using the method I discussed here. I was totally zen about what color bead went where. I just picked them from a bowl at random and didn’t worry about there being too many of one color in one area. I had to do this or I would have had individual bowls for each color and made sure that no color was next to another color. I can obsess about the dumbest things if I let myself. The only thing that got me through knitting the feet of these socks was the yarn. I used crap metal needles and if the yarn hadn’t been so freaking nice I would have chucked the whole thing across the room. It’s soft and has lovely color variation. The stitches are so nice and smooth. I may have a new favorite sock yarn*.
I had been asked about the feel of the beads when the socks are on. Well, to be honest I don’t know how much I’ll actually wear these. They are much blingier than I ever am. But after trying them on I will tell you that I didn’t really notice the beads. The ones in the ribbed section are cushioned by yarn. The ones on the leg are on both the inside and outside of the sock but I didn’t mind the feel. It was less annoying than a tag in the neck of a shirt. My only concern would be that some of the lowest beads could rub inside a shoe. I did knit a plain round of knitting before I began the heel. I would not recommend wearing these with boots. The wear and tear on the socks/beads would be too much I would think.
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*Current Favorite mostly solid sock yarn. I reserve the right to change favorites at a moments notice.