Monday, August 27, 2007

Jitterbug Monkeys

Finished Monkeys, originally uploaded by Vaedri1.

My latest socks are done!

These were a lot of fun to knit up. Monkeys have been one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry for a while now, and I've been itching to jump on this particular bandwagon. Once I started, I found it hard to put these down. I finished them in about a week and a half, which, for me, is pretty darn quick.

The yarn was an impulsive guilt-purchase. I have trouble leaving a yarn store without buying something. (Of course, now that I've become completely enamored of sock knitting, this won't be such a problem.) It's Colinette Jitterbug in the Velvet Plum colourway. It was just a joy to knit with - not a completely solid colour, but with very little variation, which I thought suited the chevron pattern well, and allowed it to be seen clearly.

I've heard several times about the tendency of Jitterbug to be a bit short on the yardage, so these were done using Cara's modifications to make them into mini-Monkeys.

I have to say that one of my favourite things about knitting is just getting to learn something new on almost every project. This time around, it was the picot edging, which was a lot of fun, and gives these such a cute finish.

I'm coming to understand the common love of sock knitting. For one thing, they're a small project, meaning no great delay in gratification; and they're super easy to toss in a bag and come along for the ride wherever you're going. They are objects that you can never have too many of. I mean, there are really only so many hats and scarves that I'll use over a winter. There are so, so many fun, funky, wacky and beautiful patterns available out there for socks that you will always be able to find something new to try. The same thing goes for the yarns.

My only challenge now is keeping these from my friend at work, who not-so-casually mentioned that she really likes this colour. Of course, this means Christmas knitting will be pretty darn easy.


Veronique said...

Ooh, I love that colorway :) I've been bitten by the sock bug too...

Yosemite said...

I love the colours. I have the monkey socks on my to do list along with the jaywalkers.

Miss Muffy said...

Purdy! I've seen this pattern so many times and the details usually get lost in some wacko multi-coloured yarn. It's so nice in the semi-solid!

Elizabeth said...

I can see why your co-worker likes the colour. it's funny how we don't notice certain patterns until someone makes them in a different colour or nodification. These are great.
I haven't been invited to Ravelry yet :(

Kirsty said...

That is a gorgeous color--and they look great! I may have to jump on that bandwagon too.

JRS said...

I couldn't agree with you more! Those look great!

I also recently made Monkeys for the first time, used Jitterbug for the first time, and did the picot for the first time. All fun!