Sunday, July 31, 2011
Come Blog Along Pattern 02 Post 01
Knitting on the Road: Canada • Canal du Midi • Conwy • Dalarna • Denmark • Friday Harbor • Hiiumaa • Huron Mountain • New England • The Road to Oslo • Santa Fe • Spey Valley • Christmas in Tallinn • Traveler's Stockings • Uinta Cabin • Unst • Whitby
Week four of my Year of Projects, and my first project is done. These Canada socks look a bit odd in the photo - they're a bit too long for these sock blockers - but trust me the stockinette sections are all smooth and unpuckered. Lovely socks and a very nice pattern. I learned a new cast-on: the Latvian Twist. It's quite cute; it'd make a charming edge for mittens. And I'm still charmed by the small details like the ridges of purls that bracket the colourwork top and bottom, and the clock pattern that travels down the leg and along the foot.
I've made a start on my second project, Canal du Midi socks. I pondered yarn choice for a while but finally decided on this Arequipa from Estelle Yarns. The yarn is a gorgeous cherry red shot through with subtle stripes of navy blue, which put me in mind of the French flag and felt nautical to me. There's 20% alpaca fiber in this yarn which caused some concern that it'd knit up fuzzy and impede the pattern, but so far so good. With just a couple of inches knit the pattern doesn't really pop yet, but I think it'll be come clearer as I go and definitely clearer stretched across the leg of the wearer. I hope so anyway, because the pattern is too pretty to overlook!