Sunday, March 30, 2008

Irish Rock and 70's Socks

This weekend, Mr. Batty and I went to a Black 47 concert in Roxbury, NY. If you like pro-labor, pro-freedom angry Irish rock music played by extremely talented musicians, give these guys a listen! They are excellent, and the live performance was very good, we had a blast. I'd share pictures, except I forgot to bring my camera to the actual event -- it was in my knitting bag at our friends' house, 20 miles away. Useful, right? So, instead of live concert pictures, all I have to show for it is a picture of the t-shirt I bought.


On our way to our friends' house, I had a lot of time to work on the 1979 Socks. 4 hours each way was enough to see them completed. I almost got the stripes to match perfectly. Almost.


Here's a closeup. The colors are so incredibly 70's, it's hard to believe. They're all there except that bright orange-y yellow color: burnt orange, olive green, a pale yellow-ish business, and brown. This is pair 3 for 2008... my goal is a minimum of 12, so I'm doing pretty well on the sock knitting front.


Details:
Pattern: None, really. Cast on 64 stitches, knit until they were about 10 rows longer than my usual socks, did a heel over 36 stitches (decreased to 30, then started the actual heel...), picked up 15 stitches on each side and knit until it was time to make a flat toe. So... nothing formal, really, just some standard top-down socks.
Needles: US #0 Addi Turbos
Yarn: A nameless colorway by Wolle Rodel, sent to me by my sister

After working with the Noro, I was amazed at how pleasant it is to knit socks with yarn that doesn't hurt! Things move so much faster that way.

25 comments:

Bonnie said...

Nice socks! They look like they fit perfectly.

cpurl17 said...

Sounds like you had a great time at the concert--and the socks look great!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Sounds like a group I would enjoy!! The socks look fabulous too!!

Beverly said...

There's something very soothing about knitting a plain pair of socks that don't have any fancy stitches. Soothing to knit, soothing to wear. They look great!

Rachel said...

Cute socks! Very cheery.
I've been hankering after some Noro sock yarn, but I think I'm a bit scared away after your wrist brace story. So pretty though...

adrienne said...

Such cozy looking socks! The concert sounds like fun :)

sharon said...

Nice socks - you have almost convinced me not to buy the Noro (even though I love colourway 40). mindless sock knitting can be so nice, especially when the yarn is soft...

Zonda said...

Nice socks! Sounds like the concert was good! :)

Bezzie said...

They look like a 70s Christmas celebration on your feet!

fleegle said...

Love the socks!

And yes, our yarn insurance covers Hanabi, thank goodness!

Lauren said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the concert!

The socks look great! They remind me of the carpet we had in our house originally only they are way more cute.

weezalana said...

The socks came out great, so retro! And I'm very impressed with how you got the stripes to match up!

Amanda said...

I like angry rock music. Were there tattoos and piercings? That would be a bonus. I've never listened to Irish rock - I should check them out.

The socks are so cool, so 70's. Eau de Avocado without any Golden Wheat, just lovely tan. Perfection. I'd take those socks over a redux of double knits and butterfly collars any day. ;)

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

fun! both the socks and the concert! ;)

merry said...

Your socks rock! Love the colors!

peri said...

Great socks - scarily enough I had a crochet poncho in those colours circa 1971!!

Sarah said...

Nice 70s sockies! And I really want a bite of that tasty looking pizza a few posts down...mmmmm!

Maureen said...

Sokcs look awesome! I like the pattern in the yarn too! BTW - did you use 2 skeins of the noro for your socks or just one? I am not sure how you even worked with it. I had it in my hands ths weekend and lets just say I left it at the store!

Shauna said...

I love these! Especially like the 70s colors, being a baby of 1979 myself :-)

malaraky said...

I totally saw Black 47 in concert about five years ago in Boston, they were great! good work on the knitting front too! :)

Soo said...

I love those socks. Self striping/patterning yarn is fab -- it's just happy stuff!!

Knittypants said...

Those socks are so cool! Love them.

jpknits said...

Those would SOOOOO have gone with the brown chino pants I made and wore, high-waisted and full-legged, and the little rust short-sleeved cardigan I knit for myself in high school.

My 70's memories clearly approve!

Lick My Sticks said...

Angry? Irish? Rock? Right up my alley....

merlinthecat said...

I love the colors!!!