Accidental Twins

So I decided to do this thing where I’m trying to knit up the yarn I wound for our vacation in… um… April. Don’t judge, it could be worse. Probably. Anyhoo, first on the list was my String Theory Colorworks Inertia socks in Oeneology. Inertia is a great base — an 80/20 SW merino/nylon base, it knits up really nicely and withstands the wear of use very well. I got the Oeneology (‘oeneology’ is the study of wine & winemaking, in case you were wondering) colorway a while back. A year ago? Maybe more. In any case, it’s one of those skeins I was saving because it was so pretty, but was completely inspired to treat myself to in April. Well, August rolled around and I needed a good basic knit so I finally went for it.

IMG_0325I’m pretty sure you know where this one is going — the love for these was instant and intense. And that really makes sense because my love for String Theory Colorworks yarn always is.

Because I just did a plain vanilla socks with an afterthought heel, these were my take everywhere socks.

IMG_0386And I really did take them everywhere with me for a stitch here and a stitch there. I did take a short break between the first and second sock to finish up my SpringTastic Socks, but once I got back at these, I finished sock number 2 in near record time.

IMG_0558My intention for these socks was that they just be fun. I loved the colorway and I just didn’t want to think twice about stripes or matching or anything.

topsAnd of course, because I wasn’t trying at all, the stripes lined up perfectly with zero effort from me.

toesBecause the main body of the socks matched, I did go ahead and match the heels because that really took very little effort and at that point — you know — why not?

heelsI did one little thing differently on these than on previous socks — when it came time to do the afterthought heels, I went ahead and pulled from the opposite end of the center-pull ball. Hence, the stripes on the heels go the opposite direction. I have to admit, I kind of like that and will most likely do it this way with future socks.

full sockSuffice to say, I love these socks. A lot. They are really gorgeous. I tip my hat to Caitlin at String Theory Colorworks because she really outdid herself with this colorway. In any case, I’m really happy to have finally gotten to this skein because it’s even prettier than I expected. I’m also oddly satisfied with the fact that these came out matching, even if they are only accidental twins, but that’s another story. Now only two wound skeins remain from my over-ambitious April vacation preparations. Unfortunately, they’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer… I’m on a little String Theory Colorworks kick at the moment and I have some more fun things to share soon!

Stripes, Stripes, and More Stripes!

Having been on a finishing tear lately, I thought why not throw my String Theory Colorworks AfterThought Heel Socks onto the FO pile? I will admit I was a little motivated by the knowledge that some stash enhancement thanks to the String Theory Coloroworks coupon code was due to arrive Monday. I hastily wrapped up these beauties Sunday night…

whole sockThese use the String Theory Colorworks Inertia base (80/20 merino/nylon) in the Meissner Effect colorway. As an aside, Wikipedia tells us that the Meissner Effect is “the expulsion of a magnetic field from a superconductor during its transition to the superconducting state”.  Yes, I look up the names for each of my String Theory Colorworks skeins. For real. If you didn’t know, I am kind of a super nerd and ever since my high school physics class I’ve been really interested in the subject — from building electric circuits in class (that was a fave of mine) to watching the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson to the geeked out references on The Big Bang Theory to Hawking’s The Brief History of Time. I certainly am no physicist and I forget half of what I read as soon as I read it, but I just love the very big and very small of the physics world.

But I digress.

So not only is String Theory Coloroworks yarn beautifully dyed on a high-quality bases, it teaches me random physics lessons. Does it get better?

heelThis was my very first afterthought heel and I thought Laura Linneman did a great job in the pattern of keeping it very simple. I found the afterthought heel really fun and easy and although I’ve heard a lot of arguments for and against the fit, it feels fine to me. Of course, we’ll see how comfortable they are to be worn, but at this point I don’t foresee any problems.

toOne thing I do need to perfect is the sizing of this pattern. These ended up a teensy bit small in the foot — I’m talking like 2-4 rounds small. Pretty insignificant, but just enough to notice. Thankfully such a small discrepancy I was able to block out the difference (thank you sock blockers!).

With these socks on the blockers drying, I was happy when I received the skeins I ordered with the special Knitting Sarah/Socks with Sarah coupon code from this fab shop.

IMG_6435You see more Inertia, but I also was excited to try out Force, a 70/20/10 blend of Superwash BFL/Silk/Cashmere, as well as Orbit. Orbit is an 80/20 Superwash Merino/Nylon blend that is a sport weight. What could be better than fab physics-themed self-striping yarn for socks? Fab physics-themed self-striping yarn for socks in sport weight!

IMG_6442This is a WIP photo from the morning of the 16th with my beautiful MisoCraftyKnits project bag which is completely awesome, too (and psst — there are still a couple left in the shop!). I started with a skein of Orbit in the Ares colorway…

IMG_6444By this morning, the first sock was done save the heel & I was already cruising on sock #2. Seriously, this Orbit base may be in my top 5 sock yarns list. I am in love with how it takes the color, how springy and soft it is, and how quickly it knits. If you wanted to knit a pair of really nice socks for everyone you know, this would be the yarn to use!

Just a reminder that Friday, September 19th is the last day for the awesome 15% off discount code for Knitting Sarah readers & Socks with Sarah Knitters from String Theory Colorworks.  Just use the code   backtoschool   when you check-out.  Friday will also be the last update of 2014 for this shop, so stock-up on some of this fantastic yarn while you can!

Many thanks to the folks at String Theory Colorworks for this fantastic discount & for being a sponsor of the Socks with Sarah KAL!

For more information on my Meissner Effect Socks, please see my Ravelry project page here.

For more information on my Ares Socks, please see my Ravelry project page here.