Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
They're my 17th pair, so hopefully I've got this sock knitting thing down! Without a doubt these are not only my favorite socks, but are my favorite project from the past year.
yarn: Wollmeise, Spice Market colorway
pattern: Elongated Corded Rib in "Sensational Knitted Socks"
needles/gauge: Knit Picks 2.25 dpns at approx. 10.5 sts/inch
As you might be able to see, I'm a tight sock knitter and the gauge (approx. 10ish sts/in) is dense. I used to knit with 2.25 Crystal Palace bamboo needles-- but switching over to KP has been fantastic. Dare I say, a revolutionary change in my sock knitting? I'm finally able to knit as tight as I want without breaking or severely bending needles!
The Spice Market colorway was such an unexpected joy to knit with. Last summer I ordered five skeins of Wollmeise Sock Yarn in a combined order with friends. I hate to say it, but the Spice Market skein was not my favorite of the bunch. So, I thought I'd knit it up first. As the sock took form, I absolutely adored how the color knit up. Claudia's hue combination is great-- she's a dying genious. I just love the cumin, saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, and curry all mixed together. Over time, I found that even if you're not attracted to a specific color or combination, her dye work makes you totally fall for it. I've never seen dyework like hers before.
Claudia's yarns have become wildly popular since that order. If you're looking to buy a skein or two, watch her weekend updates like a hawk. According to the Wollmeiseholics Anonymous discussion board on Ravelry, he most recent sale on 2/9/08 sold out in 15 minutes!
The pattern used is a simple eyelet rib from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch -- Elongated Corded Rib. I thought a simple pattern would be the best way to showcase the color. A touch of calf shaping at the top, and an eye of the partridge heel were the only adjustments made.
Go on-- knit yourself a pair!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Toby and Paco don't care-- they just want to be wrapped in wool for the entire cool season!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
For me, once complete these will be perfect fall socks. Claudia's color combination is great-- I just love it! The pattern is a simple eyelet rib from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch -- Elongated Rib. I've started the second one, and am determined to finish it by the end of the month. I'm particullarly determined to finish them by Halloween as they are my 'official' Socks in the Cities KAL socks.
Now, the Chevron socks don't scream fall to me-- but they're delightful, too. The fit is fabulous, and I love the unexpected colorway. The Jaywalker pattern is great for verigated yarn-- but it's a very stiff pattern. The eylet rows from Welt Fantastic, another Sensational Knitted Socks pattern, was just the thing to make a well-fitting chevron sock.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Socks in the Cities is hosted by the Yarnery in St. Paul. It's local, low-pressure, and includes a prize or two for a lucky few. Everyone's asked to finish a pair of socks during the month.
The second KAL is very low-key. Socktober! It's soo low-key that there isn't a new 2007 button. It's loosely based via Socktober's Flickr group and the Socktober Ravelry group. Essentially, lots of pictures and chatting about all things socks. Right up my alley!
Fall is a time for wintry knitting. Wool, texture, colorwork-- Sweaters. Yep. This year I was all jazzed when planning projects, but I'm more than happy to just knit socks for the moment, thank-you-very-much. I just don't want to be bogged down with such a bit project at the moment.