In my last post I raved just a little bit about String Theory Colorworks‘ Orbit base. I received my latest order — thanks to the Knitting Sarah/Socks with Sarah coupon code — on Monday afternoon and by Monday evening I’d cast-on a new pair of socks with this yarn…
The 80/20 SW merino/nylon sport weight base named Orbit in the Ares colorway.
By Tuesday morning I was almost halfway through the first sock…
By Wednesday morning I had cast-on sock #2…
I even ripped back the cuff after a couple inches when I knew it wasn’t matching up exactly with sock #1. It’s probably worth mentioning that my husband happened to have Tuesday & Wednesday off of work this week, so he was in charge of the kids for the school portion of those days. While I tagged along on their field trips, I did luxuriate in a little ‘me’ time which was greatly appreciated and allowed for a little extra progress on these socks. I also squeezed an extra 45minutes of knitting in while the kids were in art class yesterday afternoon. So by the time the kids were home from art, I had passed the afterthought rip-cord on sock #2.
The weather was beautiful and the kids were happy to have some free time to play outside and, really, once you get past that heel spot on a sport weight sock, you just have to make a mad dash for the finish line. I knit on and off before and after dinner and by bedtime…
I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about that lone row of blue at the back of the heel at first, but I’ll admit it’s grown on me. Born of poor foresight on my part, it certainly makes these socks unique and endearing to me.
Plus, it sort of goes with the lone red spot at the tip of the toe. I might care more about these little tidbits, but these socks fit great and I’m completely in love with both the yarn on my skin & the gorgeous colors, so at the end of the day I just can’t argue with that!
I used a combination of Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Basic Socks & Laura Linneman’s AfterThought Heel Socks to make these socks. Stitch counts for sport weight socks from the former and basic construction from the latter. As I said, it worked magic as the fit is fantastic. And for those wondering, even with the nice longer 8″ cuff & leg and my size 9 feet, I had about 50yards of yarn leftover from my skein.
I’ll admit I was inspired and motivated to get these socks done by today so that I could share them on the last day of the special String Theory Colorworks discount code for Knitting Sarah/Socks with Sarah knitters. Remember to use the code backtoschool when you checkout to get 15% off your order. The last update of the year for String Theory Colorworks just went live about an hour ago, so if you haven’t taken advantage of this special offer, there is no time like the present! In-stock yarn will be shipped through the end of the year, but there will be no new additions to that inventory so your best selection until 2015 is available right now!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed my little journey of self-striping sock knitting & that you will have fun on your own adventures with these wonderful yarns!
If you’d like to read more detail on my Ares socks, please see my Ravelry project page here.
Many thanks to the folks at String Theory Colorworks for offering this special discount, for sponsoring the Socks with Sarah KAL, and for being completely awesome in general!