Since my new Amplitude Stockings didn't work out yesterday, I wore this version of my Van Halen knee-highs. I have another pair in spirograph colors, but this combination better matched my mood (and anyway, the spirograph colors haven't been washed since I wore them last).
I love knee-highs, and these beauties stay up well (thanks to elastic thread knit into the cuff). The more I wash them the better they fit. And with stranded colorwork almost all the way down one leg, they're the perfect stroke socks.
The colorwork keeps my affected leg warm while the other leg sports one band of the same pattern and a tattoo detail around the ankle. There's even colorwork around the fitted arch---a real challenge to work out, but oh so worth it.
Strangely enough, I was inspired to knit these when I saw the mildewed stucco outside my local yarn store. I spent months looking for the right yarn until I finally found it at Woolarina. And it's perfect. These socks make me happy, especially on a dreary day like yesterday.
photo copyright Tangled magazine
Check out my work at Tangled Magazine and Galler Yarns.
I designed the socks pictured at left for Tangled about a year ago. They are named Van Halen after the band of the same name. Actually after the brothers, since the socks share a fraternal connection without being twins.
While they look intense, they only call for two colors per row. The stacking of different combinations of color is where the awesomeness comes in.
My Mountain Flight Cowl is a different exploration of color. Belangor Angora gives the appearance of birds flying in a spiral pattern through mountain mist. The pattern is available for free download from Galler Yarns.
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