Their Name Is Lola…

…but they’re not showgirls. Just socks. But rather showy socks, I like to think.

I really enjoy the monthly challenges set by the Socks Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry. I haven’t kept up with all of them, but this month I rose to the occasion and finished a pair.

The challenge was stranded socks – socks that require two or more colors in the same row, and the yarn not is use is carried (or stranded) behind the working yarn. I had just received the latest issue of Yarn Forward, one of the top UK knitting magazines (and the only one that doesn’t clog its pages with reprints from other sources – srsly, Brit mags, what is up with that?! Get some originality) and this pattern leaped off the page at me. I had two balls each of Knit Picks Stroll in Cocoa and Granny Smith sitting in stash. It was a project meant to be.

I had so much fun knitting these socks, even if the heel construction drove me a bit batty on each sock (you’d think, having puzzled it out once I would have it down for the second sock, but noooooooo.) I get cocky with second socks. Someday I will learn my lesson.

But aren’t they oh so pretty and slightly Victorian music hall (hence the showgirl name, I suppose.) The originals in the magazine were knit in black and red, which made them far more vaudeville star than my sedate combination of chocolate and grass green. But I like to think mine would be the choice for intrepid steampunk heroines to wear under their high button but steel-toed boots as they stowaway on steam-powered airships for adventures unknown.

Or, y’know, around the house when the air has a chill in it.

Pattern: Lola Socks by Margarete Dolff, published in Yarn Forward #28, September 2010
Needles: 2.75mm
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Cocoa and Granny Smith. Took just over one ball of Cocoa, and less than one ball of Granny Smith


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