Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Want fries with that?

Hedera 1
Just for the record, I *always* want fries with that.

Finally, here are my McDeras! Serving for one, and quite filling, too.

Now, if you remember, these began their sock incarnation with the Horcrux pattern. About halfway down the legs, I realized that that lace pattern just wasn't fryin' my oil, yaknowwhatimsayin'? Next on the menu came a serving of Primaveras. But, well, let's just say p3togs-at-sock-gauge and I have agreed to disagree. Back to the frog pond.

After a few bleary-eyed sessions in front of the 'puter trying to find something that clicked, I finally settled on Hedera. And oh baby, talk about your Happy Meal - I LOVED this pattern!
Hedera 2
It's like a Happy Meal on the feet! But, not gross like it sounds.

Cookie! Cookiecookiecookie!
Hedera is one of those brilliantly fun-but-easy stitch patterns that you can memorize after one pass, but thoroughly enjoy the whole way through. I enjoyed these so much in fact, I actually did all 14 repeats on the leg! (I generally go for a slightly shorter leg. Probably because I'm a slightly shorter person and it's just ingrained.)

The only mods I made were very minor - an extra 2 rows on the cuff, an EoP heel flap, a couple of p2togs on the last foot repeat to even up the toe count, and a slightly wider toe.

SJ, thanks for reminding me! I forgot to mention, in addition to subbing in an EoP heel flap, I also made the flap itself (and resulting gusset) shorter. If memory serves, I stopped at 32 rows. With sock patterns, I usually just follow the stitch pattern and ignore all the instructions about the flap/turn/gusset/toe in favor of my standard counts.

In addition to being tons of fun in the sandbox, Hedera played surprisingly well with the way this colorway striped up. It's also nice and stretchy, and the fit is a spot on match. Take all that together, and this pattern definitely earned a spot in the weezafave vault, right next to Embossed Leaves!
Hedera 3
Fiery Maple. McDs. Ketchup & mustard. FimaMckemus!

Yarn thoughts
This is Sereknity Sock Options in Fiery Maple. It's a somewhat loosely plied yarn, but doesn't unspin while you're knitting. And, as you can see, the colors are just fantastic. Bright, bold, beautiful, the kind of colors that can't help but brighten your mood (and after two frogged pattern attempts, believe me, I needed it)! Excellent stitch definition as well.

The feel of the yarn is a little hard to describe. It's slightly-above-average soft, not sproingy, very sturdy and strong. On the feet, they feel nice. Not OMG-I-want-to-sleep-with-my-feet, but not AHH-get-these-off-me. Somewhere in the middle. (Man, I can really paint a picture, can't I?)

I don't think the dye bled in the wash - it appears I didn't secure the stopper properly and the water did a slow drain while they were soaking. But there was no fading upon drying, very little pilling, and the colors didn't run together (always a fear with red) . I sense they will wear very well!

Wrap it up
So, that'll be one fabulous fitting sock FO with a side of happy colors and some supersized fun! Great, drive up to the window, please!
Hedera 4
Pattern: Hedera, from knitty
Yarn: Sereknity Sock Options in Fiery Maple
Needles: KP 1, 32s
Mods: Slightly longer cuff, EoP flap, a couple of p2togs before the toe decreases, and a slightly wider toe


Anonymous Becca said...

The socks look great. Now I'm craving McDonalds fries. Salty and greasy, delicious at the time, but leave you full of regrets later.

7:10 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

That is a perfect pattern for that yarn! They look fantastic!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Oh, Wow! Those are awesome! I'm drooling for fries right now..thanks a lot for that!!!!

8:29 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Seriously now all I can think of is McDonald's! Well, and how cute those socks are and why haven't I knit Hederas yet. Great job!

8:57 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I'm McLovin it!

9:35 PM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

You wanna know what's funny? Happy Meals (at least here) now come with a small packet of cookies!!!

Love them!

4:10 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

They're fab -- so, so bright and cheerful! I think my Hederas are the brightest socks I own, so I guess great minds think alike!

Out of curiosity, what were your thoughts on the length of the gusset? It was my one beef with the pattern. If I ever knit it again, I'm definitely subbing a shorter heel flap, because my gussets went to like an inch or two before I started the toe decreases. And I have big feet.

4:30 AM  
Blogger The Kelly Green Rogue said...

so pretty bright and cheery!

5:42 AM  
Blogger missyecaj said...

I really love them. I'm knitting a cardigan right now in red and yellow, and I was sort of afraid of the Mclook I was creating, but hell, I'm going to embrace it as you've done and just go with it. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

6:15 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

i always forget about that pattern. it knit up very nicely with the multicolored yarn.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Eryn said...

Fabulous! Just add a little shake to those fries and you're set!

7:42 AM  
Blogger chemgrrl said...

Ooo, those are great. McStripy. McPretty. McNice.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Very nice! I suddenly have a craving for fried potatoes.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Oh I haven't knit Hedra yet and I was looking for a spring sock pattern to get going on... off to Ravelry...

btw - your socks are great!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

Very pretty - and now I want to go to McD's for lunch!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

No, I'll just have those pretty socks, please! Send them my way and you can have the fries.

6:24 AM  

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