Thursday, December 29, 2011

FO: Super Green Kai-Mei Socks


I brought three projects in progress to the beach with me, and returned with two finished projects and only one still on the needles.  First up: Kai-mei!  


Holy moly, these socks are green: punch-you-in-the-face green, cartoon-nuclear-waste green, Skittle green, edamame green.  I have no idea what color I'll even be able to wear with this green.


But the pattern is great.  It had the brainless 6.5-inch cuff, then the honeybee pattern was really fun to execute on the foot of the sock - very polished and neat and impressive-looking.


I also really enjoyed working with the yarn, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in one of their semi-solid colorways.  I bought it at a yarn shop in Ohio on a total whim because I loved the color, and then it sat in my stash for forever.  Back in January I was on a starting (but not finishing) sock kick, and I wanted to try making Kai-mei... but didn't want to use either a variegated or a plain solid sock yarn.  Then I remembered that I had this, which definitely has some tonal variation (so not solid!) but shaded within the same hue (so not variegated, yay!), and boom: pattern and yarn marriage made in heaven.  This yarn is tightly twisted and very soft, but I think it may be in the process of being phased out, because it's difficult to find online.  Sad, because it's a great sock yarn with awesome yardage.

Pattern: Kai-Mei, by Cookie A from Sock Innovation
Needles: Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) US metals DPNs, either Knitpicks or Hiya Hiya
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi Solids, colorway Pesto, most of a 420 yard skein
Mods: None!

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