A Little Knitting

Sunday, March 30, 2008

For some reason the pictures of my Kona yarn and the resulting socks look sort of brown. The yarn is actually a very deep and beautiful green.

Pattern: Japanese Feather Socks
Yarn: RIT-dyed Kona Superwash, 0.5 skeins
Needles: US 2 DPNs
Notes: I love this pattern! I could knit it over and over and over again and never get bored, I think. It's simple but looks so damn beautiful. I also love this yarn, it's nice and thick and I only had to cast on 52 stitches to get a sock that fits me so they knit up super quick.

My friend Jenna bought me some Socks That Rock for my birthday.

It's so soft and squishy! I can see why half the knitters in the blogging world are in love with this stuff. I started out with the Embossed Leaves pattern from the book Favorite Socks but didn't get gauge - even after my (flat) gauge swatch told me I would - and also remembered that US 1's don't agree with my wrist. Every time I think it's going to be different. Isn't that the definition of something? Hmm...

So I pulled out my More Sensational Knitted Socks book that I haven't looked at since I bought it and chose the Leafy Lace Socks. First, I swatched... in the round this time.

After determining gauge and adding some negative ease for nice cozy socks, I cast on 50 stitches, did a picot edge and started the pattern.

There's a lot more twisted rib in the pattern than I thought there would be, which also hurts the wrist but since I'm on US2's it seems to be going alright so far.

Whew, that was a long post. The only other thing to say is that I quit with the mittens for Kurt. It's been a lot warmer here lately and they were too big anyway. Maybe next year he'll get some new ones.


Gena said...

Love the first sock! It looks so complex and intricate. And the color of the STR - nice!

JennaKate said...

Your work is so lovely. The new sock looks like its shaping up quite nicely! The colors of the STR play really nicely with the reverse stockinette stitch. I like the toe shot too! :)

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Anonymous said...

I love the Japanease socks!!! I will have to try them.

Have you tried knitting with 2 circular needles??? I find it a lot easier to keep track of than 3 or 4 needles

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