In continuing on with the Knit.Sock.Love KAL on ravelry, I’ve started a pair of Stricken socks for June. I chose Hazel Knits artisan in Rick’s Cognac because I wound it last month and didn’t end up using it, and because it is orange, which is the color for the Solid Socks KAL for June.
Hazel Knits Artisan is quickly becoming my go to yarn for socks. I’m the kind of gal who will knit socks with anything (cashmere anyone?), but they don’t always hold up very well after several washings and wearings. Because of the nylon in this yarn, it holds up incredibly well. The Milo socks I knit at the end of last year still look like new. The stitch definition is great on this yarn, and the colorways are perfect for showing off intricate patterns.
I’d first like to mention that Stricken is the first pattern I haven’t printed at all, and have been knitting entirely from my ipad. It’s going really well! I like that I can enlarge the chart easily, and I use highlighting and notes on the goodreader app to keep my place. The ipad is really perfect for knitting patterns, among other things. The only challenge has been remembering how to do the stitches on the wrong side of the fabric for the heel flap. I haven’t figured out how to keep two pages that are not consecutive in a pdf open at the same time. I just pulled out the book and used that for the part I couldn’t remember.
Stricken is really an addictive pattern. It has this gorgeous german cable motif starting on the leg that extends on to the foot. I had the most trouble with continuing to cable over the heel flap and cabling on the wrong side of the fabric (I cable using a technique without a cable needle, and I only drop stitches off the needle that have already been knit, so I never lose them), but I figured it out. I’m about finished with the leg on the second sock now, so I’m soaring along through these.
In my ongoing quest to always have a pair of vanilla socks on needles and use up all the lovely stripey sock yarn I have, I’m currently working on a pair that I cast on during Spring Fling using Vesper yarn in the colorway Far Away. I love the small stripes on Vesper, and this is my first four colored skein (those are only available through the club, but I got one in a destash). I think these are coming out great.
Here are group shots, just for my blog!
I am pleased with how the Stricken socks look in photographs, but I think the colorway doesn’t show off the stitch definition in the patterns as well as a solid instead of semi-solid would. I also wish that I had knit the small instead of x-small. The first sock is a little tight where the motif starts, but I think I fixed that on the second sock by knitting very loosely for that part. I can get the sock on my foot however, so maybe it will stretch over time.
We’re off tomorrow for a trip to Pennsylvania, hoping to come back with good news about housing. We’ll be stopping in Columbus on our way home for Origins; I can hardly wait. I’m going to wear shawls at this convention! I’m staring to think shawls and board game conventions will go together perfectly. I’ll hopefully have lots of pictures for you when I get back.