Sunday, October 12, 2008

One Down, One Up

This summer, I joined my first sock yarn club. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept: you pay a yarn company some set price up front, and for a certain span of time at regular intervals they will send you yarn and a pattern. The Unique Sheep company created such a club, the "Ram Club," specifically for men's socks; the skeins are bigger than most so there will be enough for men's larger feet, and the colorways are designed more-or-less for men's tastes.

I've really liked the first two shipments of yarn. The first contained two different, thin yarns with instructions to hold them together. The pattern was a toe-up design, but I only followed a portion of it -- the gusset and heel construction, using my own preferred toe method. I also didn't follow the stitch pattern, recognizing that these yarns would look good in a garter rib pattern.

I was initially disappointed in the second shipment because the color was so similar to the first. But I quickly fell in love with the texture of the tightly spun, sport weight merino in the second sock. Again, I glanced at and abandoned the accompanying pattern, deciding to try a popular sock pattern called Francie. I had tried Francie before, but I disliked both the yarn I used and the ribbing pattern on the cuff, so I abandoned it. Plus, Francie is made top down, and by now you know how I feel about that.

Still, in the Ram Club yarn with a more sedate and reliable 2x2 ribbing, a churned out a sock that I like very much.

Here's a shot of the bottom of the sock, which give you an idea how the ribbing flows around the foot.

I'm pretty happy with this, but I know it could be a better sock if it were constructed toe-up. I decided to try knitting the second sock backwards, seeing if I can make an identical sock with the stitches running the opposite way.


Rosemary said...

Wow, the bottom of that sock is too pretty to be hidden inside a shoe! However, can I say that I find the dismembered plastic foot a little disturbing? I understand its utility, but I honestly thought it was someone's (Mike's?) curiously smooth leg in that second photo until I had the startling realization that it was fake.

micah said...


Anonymous said...

That Francie sock looks really interesting. How does it feel on the foot? Although I prefer to knit socks toe-up, I'm not averse to knitting top down. And I could be convinced to think while sock-knitting. If the sock promised something special.

Cat Herself said...

very cool pattern. Let me know how your experimentation goes. Your sock genius-ness should make it work!

JB said...

I'm with Rose on the severed foot.

Tallguy said...

OMG -- I'm waiting to see the result of the one-up/one-down experiment. So where is it??

yarmando said...


The experiment was coming along successfully but too slowly. I wanted to get this pair finished, so I left off and started knitting the second sock as normal. I've got some good notes for replicating the pattern toe-up, and I might work on those for my next pair.