Monday, April 05, 2010

Making: Opal Hundertwasser Socks

I never really understood the urge to knit socks.  Socks seem to be rather ho-hum articles of clothing, mostly obscured by shoes and pant legs.  Why devote so much time to knitting one?  Even as I knit one right now, I don't plan on becoming an avid sock knitter.  BUT one thing I will say: sock yarns can be fantastic flights of colorful fancy.  And I would only dream of wearing such crazy fabric on my feet!

This sock I'm working on (oh, I guess I'll do a pair, but do I have to?) is made out of Opal sock yarn, from their Hundertwasser series.  Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) was an Austrian painter and architect, all about color and drawing outside the lines.  The painting my sock yarn is based on (yes, crazy notion) is Winterbild:

I think Opal has done a heck of a job getting color combinations in the sock yarn to echo the painting.  What Hundertwasser would think about these colors being worn on people's feet is another matter.

I just love the colors in this particular row of stitches - looks like candy, doesn't it?  But, egads, can you imagine wearing this as a sweater?  But they will do as socks.  I will post when done!


VW said...

How can you knit in the spring/summer? Too hot for me!

Marianevans said...

Well, it's still chilly here - about 40-50F today... and then I'll start using cotton. It's an addiction!

Chinglu said...

Why not a sweater? It will be fun.

Marianevans said...

I don't know if I could ever pull these color combinations off in a sweater!

Elena Wirlander said...

What is this yarn? Color Numbers? thanks