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May

New socks for my mom

Our new colors of Imagination are now available!  We have four new shades: Galactic, Treasure, Magic Wand, and Atlantis.  Atlantis is definitely my favorite with its rich blue-greens and the bright shot of red as an accent.  When the samples arrived at our office, I grabbed two skeins and got to work on a Mother’s Day present for my mom, Marilyn.  I can finally show you pictures without ruining the surprise!

Imagination socks in Atlantis

I don’t knit socks very often, but Imagination is so plush that I fell into a sort of Sock Madness and couldn’t stop.  I used Wendy’s Generic Toe-Up Sock recipe as a guideline, adjusting for my mom’s size 7.5 feet.  I’m a pretty boring sock knitter, and I usually choose to just use stockinette on the foot and then 2×2 ribbing on the cuff.  I used a sewn bind-off for the top of the ankle to keep it as stretchy as possible.

Imagination socks in Atlantis

Hand painted yarns like Imagination can be tricky to use – if you pair some of them with some complicated stitch patterns, the shifting colors may obscure all of your hard work.  I love pairing high-contrast variegated yarns with simple stitch patterns (stockinette, linen stitch, or slip stitch patterns) in order to let the colors really show off.  Lower-contrast variegated yarns like Treasure or Castle Walls are less distracting when paired with elaborate stitch patterns and can work well for lace or cable socks.

Imagination socks in Atlantis

 

One thought on “New socks for my mom

  1. I love the colors! Thanks for the links to the pattern and the “sewn” bind off. Ive never used that before! I will have to try that!! Do you like that better then the elizabeth zimmerons magical bind off? ( think i said that right ).