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!

13 comments:

Lesley said...

i LOVE your canada socks - they look absolutely gorgeous finished :)

goodpurlgonebad said...

oh wow! Congratulations on finishing those lovely socks.

I feel a bit stupid, as I had assumed that the socks were on special sock coat-hangers. Sock blockers makes a lot more sense. Thank you for (unwittingly) educating me!

RugbyMad said...

I WANT them. I am too scared to try knitting socks. I know it's just silly and I should just get over the multiple kneedle phobia I have.

Bunny said...

Yay on finishing your 1st project. They look great. Love the color for your 2nd pair also.

Kim said...

Such pretty socks. I just googled The Latvian Twist--what an interesting technique!
*smiles*

thewoolymammoth said...

all you sock people have finally inspired me to take a sock class. I'm hoping to stop making socks that fit someone other than the jolly green giant. Yours are beautiful and I love the colorway for the second set, too.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Great socks! Yay Canada!

Frieda said...

The canada socks are just beautiful , fantastic colours !

One pair of Hands said...

Your socks look lovely and warm and I really like the coloured pattern. I didn't know about the sock blockers either so that's two readers you've educated. I'm about to investigate the Latvian Twist which sounds interesting.

Dorothy said...

I admire anyone who can knit socks. They look fabulous.

k2tog said...

we have the same problem! (seeing other projects and adding to list, etc) it really should be a syndrome...love your socks!!

WildflowerWool said...

What progress you are making! Love the Canada socks.

Cris said...

Those are gorgeous socks! I would love to see the detail on the tops.