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maybe it’s the stripes

9 July 2008 2,421 views 28 Comments

It feels like forever since I’ve posted about knitting. After ripping out and reknitting the first sleeve cuff for Tangled Yoke three times (yes! Three! I don’t want to face up to what may be a greater gauge issue) I just haven’t been super motivated to knit. It’s hot, it’s summer and I haven’t been really excited to cast on for anything.

Then last week while knitting with the girls, Cheryl was working on a Noro sock. She’s using two skeins of Noro Sock yarn and holy smokes did it ever sing to me. I had one skein in the stash that I bought at my first WEBS trip, so this week at knitting I cast on. I’m knitting from both ends of the skein and alternating every 5 rows.

actual knitting!

Exactly the motivation I needed. Colours, stripes, yarn changes and it’s not a giant wool sweater sitting in my lap. Sweeeeeet!


  • Amanda said:

    That sock looks gorgeous! I actually did a pair of socks in that same color a couple months ago, but I would never have thought of doing stripes like that! Can’t wait to see the finished product :)

  • Edith said:

    beautiful! I love Noro.

  • Preita said:

    WOAH! What a brilliant idea! I love the effect!!!I wish I would have thought of that two weeks ago, now my noro socks are finished & while ok, yours are going to rock!!

  • Jody said:

    Holy smokes I love it! I am finishing up a pair of socks in this exact color right now – darn if only I’d seen your idea earlier! Well – there’s always next time :)

  • Anonymous said:

    I have that color of Noro sock yarn. I was thinking of making a feather & fan scarf with it. Speaking of giant wool sweaters, I’m working on Twist. Boy is it HOT in my lap!

  • Carole said:

    That’s me posting about the Noro and Twist. Don’t know what happened to my name!

  • AmyDe said:

    WOW – really lovely. I love how Noro can be “re-invented” in so many ways.

  • CorporateMonkey said:

    That’s awesome! I love the idea of knitting from both sides to get your stripe pattern, and I love that colorway. I’ve never used Noro but had seen that color for sale and think it’s really gorgeous.

  • andrea said:

    I can see why it sung to you, cause it’s singin’ to me too! I might need to try this out. Gorgeous work.

  • Phoe said:

    Gorgeous sock!

  • Jen da purse Ho said:

    OMG that is so gorgeous! i’m speechless !

  • Harper said:

    I am so glad you posted this! I have a skein of Noro sock yarn and wanted to try the striped socks I’ve been seeing . Just last week I wondered if working from both ends would produce the desired effect. And, lo, you provided the answer and photographic proof.

  • Cheryl said:

    This is turning out so well! Can’t wait to see the pair!

  • Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) said:

    Oh, how cool! I wonder if the colors will ever converge and mess up your perfect stripes?

  • Steph said:

    Those colors look fantastic! Such a good idea to work from both ends.

  • Jennifer said:

    That looks so great! And that’s so creative, using both ends of the same skein!

  • Zonda said:

    I like that idea! Definately will have to try it! Thanks :)

  • k said:

    great sock! I am actually doing the same thing, although alternating every two rows, but think we might even be using the same colour – well, mine is also mainly purples and greens, but yours looks much brighter so maybe it’s not. I think this idea is starting to catch on with quite a few people!

  • Nell said:

    Wow! That’s pretty much sock genius!

  • Specs said:

    This is the first time I have ever actually liked Noro. Usually the colors are too bright and too many for me, but with the stripes, there’s an order to it all!
    I just might try to make a hat like this with my one skein of Noro.

  • heather said:

    nice – what a great summer project.

  • diana said:

    So cute! It’s just adorable.

  • Emily said:

    I love these socks!

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  • Jennifer said:

    I have also ripped and started and ripped and started the tangled yoke…a sock is the perfect remedy! Beautiful colors. I might need to hunt down some Noro sock yarn….

  • Carrie S. said:

    This is GORGEOUS. I have no idea what you are talking about though – knitting from both ends and alternating…I haven’t learned how to knit socks yet, but I am dying to!

  • lynette said:

    i lOVE self-striping yarns too. such a simple joy! hope you had a great anniversary!

  • gray la gran said:

    i may have to copy you … i don’t think i want to knit ziggy, and i’ve already divided my ball.

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