Kool-Aid Acid Test

What do you get when you have a guest blog photographer with a ton of jet lag and a knitter who gets paid to photograph? Pure chaos. I didn’t realize how picky I was on how things are photographed and I really don’t understand how one takes blurry pics while the auto-focus is on. But look, I have pictures again!!


Atomic River Socks
Pattern: My own
Yarn: SWTC Optimum DK
Needles: Addi turbos US 3 24″
Date Started: September?
Date Finished: 10.23.05

I kept getting sidetracked from these, but thanks to Socktoberfest I got into gear and finally started and finished the second sock. I knit them toe up magic loop style with lace that I borrowed from the River Stole. The yarn was dyed for me by my buddy Illanna and I love everything about it, the colors are fun and crazy, the yarn is extremely soft, and it was a breeze to knit with. I would recommend this yarn to you, but hurry since, apparently, it is being discontinued. These socks took somewhere between two and three skeins if you want to try it.

These are only my second pair of socks ever and were created as a practice run for Anna‘s socks. These were an exercise in sock math, casting on figure 8 style, and working with the magic loop. The only problem I encountered was with the heel, I couldn’t seem to make a nice join once I started working with the instep stiches again. I also kept forgeting to pick up both wraps when I was reactivating the heel stitches, I constantly had to go back and unknit and pick the leftover wrap along with it’s mate. I hate unknitting short rows, but I got through it. Does anyone have any suggestions for neater heels when knitting toe up? All in all these were a fun knit and I ended up with some original, funky socks. Want to see another crazy sock?

Life Saver socks
Yarn: Vesper Sock Yarn in Aqua Melon
Needles: Addi Turbos 2.5mm 40″
Date Started: 10.25.05
Date Finished:10.28.05

You may think I’m crazy, a fool, or trying to cheat you here by calling this a FO, but trust me it is. I’m in a sock swap where you only have to knit one sock so no one gets the old second sock syndrome. I was lucky enough to have a partner that has the same foot size as yours trully, I was able to try them on and feel how nice and snug they are.

Don’t these look psychedelic? I wasn’t sure what yarn or pattern to use, but when I finally decided on the Vesper this pattern begged to be knit. For some reason, anytime I look at these, they scream “1970’s!” to me. I’m also reminded of Tom Wolfe’s Kool-Aid Acid Test and of the lifesavers wrapper. I hope my partner likes it and doesn’t think me an idiot for mailing this to her.

The pattern is easy enough to memorize, but interesting enough to make you knit it. The only changes I made were using Magic Loop instead of DPN’s, using 2.5’s because I don’t own 2.25’s, and I picked up the heel flap stitches Grumperina style. I found it to be slightly quicker and the tension was more even.

edit: I added two pics that the bf took.

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  • Elspeth October 30, 2005 at 1:23 am

    Great socks! I’m sure your partner will love them (wait, do you keep them, or does she?)

  • Angela October 30, 2005 at 1:42 am

    Wooohooooo! Love the River socks and the jaywalker looks AWESOME! You never told me you only had to knit one! Lucky! Now I’m inspired to finish, er, restart mine again.

  • Amy October 30, 2005 at 7:23 am

    They all look so great — the colors you chose, patterns…

  • Colleen October 30, 2005 at 9:03 am

    Ooh, I think that both pairs are great!!Kudos on designing your own pair.

  • Jeanie October 30, 2005 at 9:27 am

    I love Grumperina’s pretty way of picking up stitches too and will never go back to the old way again! Your socks look great, but why do you only need to knit one for the sock swap?

  • Julia October 30, 2005 at 10:12 am

    WOW! The Jaywalker pattern looks great with aqua melon! Color me impressed!

  • eunny October 30, 2005 at 8:01 pm

    Oooh, thank you for the Grumperina link. Never. Looking. Back.Socks look awesome – I love the colors, and the jaywalker pattern is perfect for those narrow stripes.

  • Ariane October 30, 2005 at 9:09 pm

    Oh my, those socks are beautiful…you must post the pattern for the River socks. Please.

  • carrie October 30, 2005 at 11:01 pm

    oh, i love the colors! they’re like watermelon or jolly ranchers. i’m thirsty now.

  • Lolly October 30, 2005 at 11:16 pm

    Your River socks are so pretty Yahaira! I just love your inventiveness in taking that lace and putting it on the socks :)and the Jaywalkers are going to be a hot pair :)I am planning to answer the meme you tagged me for tomorrow. Have good night!

  • Joelene October 31, 2005 at 12:05 pm

    Lovely! I am inspired!

  • Brooklyn Handspun October 31, 2005 at 12:44 pm

    I love the socks, as you know I’m going through a little sock obsession so I think I’ll be making the jaywalker socks next! oh yeah!

  • Purly Whites October 31, 2005 at 3:06 pm

    All the socks turned out fabulously. You made a good choice using Grumperina’s pattern and that yarn. It looks good together. Also, where’d you find the pattern for toe-up placket heel? I just knit one myself and I want to compare.

  • candsmom November 1, 2005 at 1:59 am

    Your Atomic River Socks are stunning! Such a beautiful colorway and an even more beautiful pattern. I can’t believe that’s only your second pair of socks- so gorgeous. The Vesper looks fantastic, too, in that Jaywalker pattern. BTW, I am one of those auto-focus-yet-still -blurry idiots you refer to. That makes two of us who wonder why! 😛 Fantastic socks- what a great way to end Socktoberfest! 🙂

  • Leah November 1, 2005 at 1:05 pm

    What great colors & lovely socks!! You are such an inspiration!I’m gearing up to knit up my first pair soon!

  • anna November 1, 2005 at 6:14 pm

    wow… so much colour! just the antidote to the dark evenings we’re getting. love these socks.

  • grumperina November 1, 2005 at 6:23 pm

    Your socks look great, all three of them! The stripey Jaywalkers came out really cute, they do look like a roll of Life Savers :). I’m glad you had a good time picking up those sts for the gussets!

  • Julsey November 2, 2005 at 12:47 pm

    mmm VESPER! I haven’t used mine yet – but thanks to you, it’s taking up space in the stash…As for MNSS…i’m SOOO bored of stockinette!

  • pleutim November 2, 2005 at 2:10 pm

    Love those!! Neater heel when doing short rows?? I only wrap once – I don’t wrap again when working the wraps on the way back up. I wrap snuggly (but not tight, just so it’s not loose) and knit/purl the wraps snugly too. No bumps, no holes, very unobtrusive.

  • Amy November 7, 2005 at 11:17 am

    Hey lady – are you back from your holiday?

  • tabbytuxedo November 8, 2005 at 2:01 pm

    Love the socks!! So cute!

  • Sandra November 8, 2005 at 7:05 pm

    gorgeous socks, yahaira!

  • Sarah February 5, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    Must ask… how did you convert the Jaywalker pattern to circulars. I am trying to do the sole and instep now and am so confused! Help!