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Time And Relative Dimension In Socks

14 Apr

TARDIS Socks

And the reveal… My TARDIS Socks are complete!

For those of you who have never seen the classic, long-running BBC television show Doctor Who, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) is a space/time ship that The Doctor (a Time Lord!) uses to jet about the universe getting into misadventures with his – usually female – companions. Inevitably he saves time and reality from impending doom tidely within 45-minute episodes. The TARDIS happens to look like a British Police Box and, unlike my socks, is larger on the inside. It’s amazing. And I love it. And I love my socks.

The TARDIS with the Tenth Doctor and his companion, Rose Tyler. Probably copyright BBC or something. Please don't sue me.

As far as sock construction goes, the lettering and windows are done in stranded colorwork, and it’s my first time using the technique. I was surprised by how simple it is with a two-color pattern, though I’m sure advanced fair isle is maddening. I shortened the textured leg pattern – made with long slipped stitches, by one repeat – so while The Doctor’s TARDIS has three panels down the sides, my socks only have two. Alas, they fit better this way.

As with all good socks (in my opinion) these are top-down, with a flap heel and a Kitchener grafted toe. The yarn is KnitPicks Comfy Fingering Weight (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic)  in Planetarium, Black and White. Though not very stretchy, I really enjoyed working with this yarn and the socks are extremely soft and comfortable, not to mention machine washable. It took one and a half skeins of the blue and barely any white and black, so I have some left to stash (TARDIS coffee sweater???). For needles, I used HiyaHiya US 1 32″ circulars for the plain blue sections and Addi Turbo US 1.5 32″ circulars for the colorwork sections, all magic-loop.

A best thing about these socks is that they were knit almost entirely while I instantly streamed episodes of Doctor Who on my Wii. Though I must admit, I threw in a couple episodes of Torchwood, just for variety.

Writer Socks

4 Apr

Finished Writer socks modeled by Ish

They’re done!

Ismael’s Writer Socks are complete at last. These are special socks in that they are the first I have ever designed myself, and also because they commemorate my husband’s first publication.

Ish is going to college for creative writing and recently found out a lyrical essay he wrote in his first semester at school was selected for publication by a literary journal. I’m extremely proud and there’s  no better way to reward good work than with socks.

These are writer socks because:

  1. They are for a writer
  2. They are perfect for the writer lifestyle – comfy garter cuff and flap heel say, “Take it easy, have another latte.”
  3. They are perfect for the college student lifestyle – ribbing on the leg and foot keep this sock in place while the writer books it across campus to his next class
  4. They look nice, and writers appreciate aestheticism just as much as utility. Can’t you just see yourself, legs stretched out from a small café table in 1920s Paris with these peeking out of your pants? I can.

On another note, these socks match our carpet perfectly, which is unexpected and not entirely appreciated for the sake of photographing them.

Since I finished the Writer Socks Saturday evening and still had some energy in my fingers, I gingerly cast on a new project. This project was stressful for me to start, because it includes colorwork, which I have never done before and have heard some scary stories about. I was convinced I would muck it all up, ruin the yarn I bought specifically for these socks and feel like a knitting failure for all time. This was not the case.

Allow me to introduce my new project:

Time And Relative Dimension In Socks.

TARDIS - Doctor Who

I’m totally geeking out.