Friday, October 9, 2015

Frabjously Fun - The Strange Orbit Socks

With the arrival of autumn, a little extra coverage isn't going to hurt, so this month we bring you a stylish and attractive pair of beautifully cabled knee socks.

The trouble with knee socks is the sizing around the calves versus foot sizing.  So I've simplified it with separate sizing for the foot and the leg, regardless of your shape you can knit these gorgeous socks with confidence. How, you ask? At the ankle there are the same number of stitches in all sizes. By switching needle size at that point, you can work at a completely different gauge for the leg than you did for the foot and voilĂ , both the calf and the foot are the perfect size.

Strange Orbit Socks
Practical and well-designed doesn't have to be ugly.  This dramatic toe-up knee-sock pattern sports a beautifully nested cable on the front. The nested cable features a small, narrow cable that runs up the center of a longer, broader cable. Around the sides, there are a series of small cables and ribs until you get to the center back of the leg.  At the center back calf shaping is accomplished with a beautifully branched rib pattern that varies depending on selected calf size.

The socks are knit with Frabjous Fiber's Cheshire Cat yarn.  Frab-huh? "Frabjous" is a made-up word first used by Lewis Carroll in Through The Looking-Glass (1872) as Alice reads the Jabberwock poem:

'And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

Strange Orbit Socks
Frabjous means joyful, excellent and fabulous - and isn't that how we all feel around terrific yarn?  And Cheshire Cat yarn fits the frabjous name.  It's a kettle-dyed, soft, washable 100% wool fingering weight yarn.  We have 13 gorgeous colorways to choose from - and the silly Wonderland inspired names will leave you smiling like the Cheshire cat!

Bonus:  The Strange Orbit pattern is FREE with the purchase of Cheshire Cat yarn!

Happy Knitting! . . . . Amy

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