Orbit in Mars

I pretty much love everything about String Theory Colorworks’ Orbit base. I’ve sung its praises many times in the past, but there is just something about it that keeps me coming back. It doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles, but this 80/20 merino/nylon 3ply sport weight base is one of my top 5 favorite sock yarns just because it is fun to knit. Between the self-striping and the sport weight, Orbit just always flies off my needles. The only problem with it is that I knit myself out of it almost as soon as I get it.

Somehow I managed to keep one skein from my last order. I bought it with my son in mind, but wasn’t sure he wanted another handknit pair of socks. This probably sounds ridiculous, but I try really hard to not foist handknits onto my family. If asked, I will make them anything — even the horribly boring and exceptionally slow fingering weight 1×1 ribbed hat my husband loves. They don’t ask very often though, so mostly I knit for myself or just general stuff like hats and scarves that I happily share at will, but that aren’t made for anyone in particular. It just so happened though that my son was telling me that the socks I made him last summer were getting kind of small & uncomfortable. Thanks to that pair, I discovered that he is a little too particular about fit for tube socks. This young man definitely requires the structure of a proper heel. I asked — very gently — if he’d like me to make him another pair of socks. He said yes.

When I showed him the skein of Orbit in the Mars colorway that I had saved for this very occasion…A_MarsI could see reluctance in his face. He is pretty much a straight-up red fan and this is not straight-up red. Worried he’d hate them, I I persevered & took some foot measurements for making some Custom Toe-Up Socks using Jennifer Donze’s very handy pattern. Much to my relief he and I have almost identical feet at this moment — his a smidge longer, mine a smidge wider. I consoled myself with the thought that if I knit them and he hated them I could always wear them.

Well, the great news is that once I got a couple inches in and he saw how they were striping his eyes got wide and he thought they looked very, very cool.

Phew.

I sped through them as fast as I could and even with being away from home for a couple nights for the holiday and busy visiting family, I was able to finish them up yesterday — just 4 or 5 days after I started them. See, I told you Orbit is magic!

This finished socks?

whole sockWhat can I say? They are fantastic.

footI had a teensy-tiny accident with the stripes. I was in such an excited rush to start that I failed to read the tag that would have told me there was burgundy, bright red, and dark red. As you can see, the burgundy stripes all line up, but the dark red & light red run opposite on each foot. I came very close to ripping them out, realigning, and starting over, but then I decided to just go with it. And I love them for this little bit of flair!

cuffsI especially love how the very top stripes are opposite.

On feet 2And the fit pretty darn well, too. Oh wait, one more close up on my son’s toes…

on feetI just asked him what he thinks of them and he said, “They’re great, Mom. I love them.” And then he got a little twinkle in his eye and he ran over and gave me a big hug & kiss.

Mission accomplished.

Until, that is, he grows out of these which will likely be in the blink of an eye. No worries, though, I will happily work with the lovely String Theory Colorworks Orbit again. And it was definitely worth the effort for that hug & kiss.

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