Friday, September 19, 2008

Sock Knit-Alongs

Just a short entry about Sock Knit-Alongs. I am currently in two, a Ravelry Group Sock Knitters Anonymous which is knitting a rather challenging pattern at the moment, at least for me. I rarely knit socks toe-up, and usually when I do, I knit short-row heels. Not only is this sock knit toe-up, but it also has a gusset and a heel flap with the pattern included. It's a challenge for me. Somehow, in the recesses of my brain are cells that rebel and say "socks are knit top down, not toe-up." The pattern is challenging in the sense that one has to keep knitting from the chart; although all the stitches within the pattern are basic stitches. I frogged the sock once; it was too big because I didn't read the instructions (what else is new) and the pattern was off, again because I didn't read the instructions. The designer was good enough to give separate charts for various stitches cast-on. But the sock is fun enough that I am gaily going forward with it. Yarn is hand-dyed sock yarn by Angie, called Pumpkin Pie and I am using 2.25 mm HyaHya needles. I have really come to love these Bamboo needles.

The second KAL is a new group from Germany. The designer is from my former neck of the woods; always a plus, since I am just a wee bit home-sick lately. Of course, I realize that I am home-sick for how the place was when I was a child and a young woman. It's actually a KAL for men's socks. The pattern is somewhat swallowed up by the yarn I used, but the yarn I wanted to use got swallowed up by the "Mom Zone", and so I used a Sockotta Cotton yarn, called the Italian Collection. I since have found the yarn I wanted to use and will knit the socks again.

The sock through the heel with my newest book acquisition. No I don't have small children on my horizon, but the book has a pattern for a mouse which I have seen on another site knit up for Christmas as the "three mice kings".
And here is a detail of the pattern. Petzi, the designer has interpreted waves of an ocean. The waves on the top of the photo are those that break near the beach, while the smaller ones are further away towards the horizon. It's a fun, easy pattern to knit and definitely beats Stinos.
I have a few other projects on the burner, but will post on them later.
"Knit On!"

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