Saturday, March 17, 2007

Monkey See

First, thanks for all the lovely comments and emails about my design in knitty. At least one blogger had started it already.

monkey monkey

But on to the current knitting. One monkey-inspired legwarmer down, one to go.

After truncated Pom's and Herrings, these are the third set of Cookie's socks I've legwarmer-ed. In many ways this is plain silly, Cookie always produces such good sock patterns. Designs that work well running from ankle to foot; neatly matched heels and toes. Some socks are just conveniently sized stitch patterns, but nothing so prosaic for Cookie. If anyone is in any doubt about her sock-genius, check out her new store.

monkey see
But I needed legwarmers, they at least scratch the itch I had to knit these patterns without actually producing socks I don't need. The yarn is Lorna's Laces shepherd sock in the desert flower colourway, which I'd been coveting for over a year and finally caved into buying when my grant finally came through. It's just the stitch pattern from monkey, worked on 2.5mm's and over an extra 16sts.

In other news, I won the januray Storyteller's design competition! The question was 'what would Alice knit?' so naturally I had to enter. I concluded that the storyworld's Alice would, of course, knit socks. None of this messing about with legwarmers for her. She'd knit stripy socks. Stripy, illusion-knit socks. With cats on. Part of the prize is yarn to make the design up with, and I'll be writing up the pattern up for Robynn, blogging as I go, so all will be revealed soon.

monkey do

16 comments:

Emma said...

There's got to be a story behind smeone actually needing leg warmers. Nevertheless, they look beautiful. A very clever adaptation of a fun pattern.

Alice said...

Hay! I get really cold feet, yet sweaty toes! Legwarmers rule, I've been wearing them for years and my favourite (purple, sparkly) ones just died on me.

:)

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Stacey said...

Legwarmers are pretty much just socks without the feet! If you'll use them, why not knit them!! :)

schrodinger said...

The legwarmers look great, if you don't need socks, why knit 'em? Congrats on the win!

knittingphilistine said...

Legwarmers rock. I heart how you turn the best sock patterns into 'warmers.

Christy said...

Nice leg warmers.
Congrats on the winner. I can't wait to see how the pattern turns out. Good luck!

BrownPants said...

These look great!

Roobeedoo said...

Oh fantastic! That is such a fab idea - Cheshire cat illusions on stripey stockings? WOW! Congratulations! (From Cinderella to Alice!)

Pig wot flies said...

Congratulations on the competition. Looking forward to seeing what you came up with.

I've finished Ester, btw. Nice work!

Mary said...

Beautiful legwarmers. What is that lovely handpainted yarn?

Knittyknitter said...

That is sooooooooo gorgeous!!!! I love it! great work! ;)

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