Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hundertwasser Socks

They're done, and they're fabulous.  I have already worn them to work, and I'm wearing them right now.   The yarn is from Opal's collection of colors inspired by paintings, and this one is from the painting by Hundertwasser, titled "Tender Dinghi."  A very interesting artist, whom I had previously never heard of.  He designed apartment buildings with trees growing out of them, and had some very original ideas.  Check this out:  Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna.  The things one learns while knitting! 

I didn't really follow a pattern.  I used a simple 3 x 1 rib for the leg and instep (knit 3, purl one).  I knit them toe-up with the trifecta of:  Judy Becker's Magic Cast-On, the Fleegle Heel, and Jen's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.  The heel does not fit as well as some other heels I have done, sadly, because it was much easier than the short-row, wrap & turn heels used by most toe-up patterns.   So, I have yet to perfect my heel technique.  But, I love the colors and I'm sure I will wear these a lot.