Wednesday, August 22, 2007


I had a hard time thinking up a title for this post, as all the sockasomething variations I came up with sound like terminal ailments and not rock 'n roll sockage. I ended up going with this title because I am lazy and more thinking was going to make my brain hurt. Also, I woke this morning feeling a little pukey, with a hint of gastrointestinal distress, and so maybe a malady is more suitable that hard core punk coolness. I really did feel quite craporific and over-tired, and pondered the pros and cons of calling out sick. But the one big pro of dragging my arse to work was the thought of an entire Crazy free day. Yes, Crazy is taking a vacation day, which means the rest of us basically get a vacation day too. And why would I waste that kind of goodness being home sick? So I dragged my arse, and my Wild Kat socks to work, and decided I could finally take some pictures and put up my FO post as a reward for going in.

Once I got here though I balked at photographing and posting my socks because my office is less conducive to good sock photography than Space Mountain. I mean do you see how busy my industrial carpet is? Clashes with everything. I guess I could have stood on my desk, and used the faux brown wood as my floor, but I just wasn't feeling that adventurous. Which is a shame because my socks deserve better. I had originally had vision of the Wild Kat socks surrounded by zebra print fabrics and piles of Good & Plenty. Needless to say, that ain't happenin'.

In any event, here are the Wild Kat socks. Made with the infamous Tofutsies sock yarn. There are a few things that I didn't like about this yarn. First, it is super, super thin. Being a loosey goosey knitter, I had to use super skinny needles in order to get a decent fabric. And quite frankly, I could have used even smaller needles and had a nicer result, but then I would probably still be knitting away on these bitches. I also found the yarn to be quite splitty. I switched from Addi needles to KnitPicks needles because the KnitPicks have pointier points. But even still, I had some splitting. I also hear that the yarn fades a lot in its first wash. I haven't bathed them yet, so I can't comment on that.

Even with my ambivalence about the yarn, I really like these socks. And the pattern. To make the socks work, I had extra stitches (necessary in order to make the socks fit my foot) for the sole on the bottom needle and only the lace pattern stitches on the top needle. I think I could have used one needle size up on the lace part of the sock, but I didn't bother to try.

In the end the socks work and they fit quite nicely. I was worried the top part was little too high, but when I wear them with sneakers (as opposed to loafers, heh) they are the right height. High enough that the sneaker tongue doesn't eat them but not so high that they are big and noticeable.

Yarn: SWTC, Tofutsies, June sock club limited edition color
Needles: KnitPicks Circs, size 2.0 mm (US 0)
Pattern: Wild Kat, sort of
Modifications: Made into a ped with the lace pattern from the original cuff used on the top of the ped. Used my own toe and heel patterns.
Time: 07/16/07 - 08/15/07
Care: Machine washable.


Brena said...

Very very nice pair of socks! Hmm... I thought when I looked at the Tofutsies that it seemed too thin. Crap!

HA! I AM at home sick with menstrual cramps. I considered going into work because it's doughnut day... but then I just went out and bought my own damn doughnut. I feel ya on the not wanting to waste a sick day though, I feel that way when my customer is gone.

barbp said...

OK - how were you bent over to take the picture of your nice peds from the backside?

The jury is still out with me over the Tofutsies as well.