Fox Grape Leyburn Socks

I’ve finished the April socks for my 2009 Personal Sock Club and I’m completely smitten with them.

Fox Grape Leyburn Socks - Leg

I did not follow the Leyburn pattern for the toes or the heel.  I used the Magic Cast on for the toe and Wendy’s Toe-Up Sock with a Difference (PDF link) heel recipe for the heel.

Fox Grape Leyburn Socks - Heel

The heel I chose begins the gusset increases in the middle of the bottom of the foot which I thought looked pretty cool.  The only thing I didn’t like about it was it took me for-freaking-ever to do the heels.  If I didn’t have such fat heels (or high insteps – whichever), I’d have done the regular short row heel like the pattern directs.

I am so totally loving these socks – I’ve worn them for three days.  I should probably take them off and wash them eventually… ;o)

Project Details:

Pattern: Leyburn Socks [Rav Link]

Yarn: Autumn House Farms Strideaway Sock Yarn in the colorway ‘Fox Grape’ purchased Rhinebeck 2007

Needles: Knitpicks 2.5mm circs

Started April 2 – Finished April 19, 2009

When I finished these on Sunday I had no plan whatsoever in place for what was going to be up next.  Sure I have a ton of WIP’s but most of them are socks and I wanted to do something that wasn’t on leetle tiny needles for a change.  It took me a day but I decided…

Lady Eleanor - the beginning

I’m on tier 3 and loving it – got the hang of backwards knitting too.  ;o)

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36 thoughts on “April…

  1. gorgeous socks! -my- psc is kickin’ my ass. i haven’t finished a pair of socks in ages.

    i admire you for tackling lady eleanor. that stole intimidates me to no end.

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  2. Marina says:

    They’re fantastic! Love the colours.

    Do I really have to learn to knit backwards to do entrelac?

  3. Awesome! Good for you. That pattern really works well with the fun yarn, I’ll have to give it a go someday myself.

    I love the Lady Eleanor pattern, one day I shall also make one. What colorway are you using? Knitting backwards is fun when short-rowing heels too.

  4. marianne says:

    Those are gorgeous Leyburns, fun and cheerful colours.
    Lady Eleanor? You’re a better woman than I. :^)

  5. I have to get my butt in gear and start my Leyburns. I love the way they look.

    I am working on Lady Eleanor. I should be done but I have been draggin my feet! Isn’t great to be able to knit backwards. Makes it so much easier I think!

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  6. Woot purty socks. Nope my Feb club socks aren’t done yet, let alone my march ones ;)

    Love the Lady Eleanor. I might just have to add that to my ever growing queue.

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  7. Your new socks are beautiful, I can understand why you wouldn’t want to take them off!
    A couple days ago I finally got my hands on the exact yarn I’ve wanted to make Lady Eleanor out of, maybe after I finish Ishbel I’ll get started on it!
    What tutorial would you recommend to teach backwards knitting?

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  8. Great socks! Toe up is my preference and I’ve never tried that heel but it looks very cool. I’ll need to try it on my next pair.

    Lady Eleanor is on my must knit list. Can’t wait to see how yours turns out.

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  9. Great socks! I made a toe up sock with that stitch pattern and a gusset with heel “flap” then discovered that Leyburns were already out there and my pattern looked rather similar. Doh! LOL Anyway, great minds think alike.

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  10. Great socks. I love that heel and am going to have to try it. I’m glad I’m not the only one who wears her wool socks more than once between washings. I’ve been thinking about Lady Eleanor since I first saw her. Maybe soon.

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  11. Gorgeous socks! I can’t stop looking at them!

    I haven’t worked up the courage yet to try Lady Eleanor myself, but I will be watching you with yours and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  12. Those Leyburns are gorgeous! They work so well with the yarn. I’m doing that same pattern right now too, but mine don’t look as nice as yours. I keep not being able to decide whether I should go forward some extra stitches or back some on that odd row. So my row starts switch back and forth randomly across the side. Like I said, not so pretty as yours.

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