Sunday, September 11, 2011

Come Blog Along Pattern 03 Post 01

Comfy socks, these!


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


One good thing about cooler evenings? Comfy socks! And they don't get any comfier than these finished Canal du Midi socks in an alpaca blend - sooooo soft and well fitting. I've learned a few things through this project. First I learned a new cast on: the Double Start Cast On. The double strand makes a ribbed cuff with more substantial edge which I like. And second, I learned that a bit of variegation might be worrying on a small swatch but on the larger canvas of an entire sock the stitch pattern might not be overwhelmed. That's an important lesson for me because I often hesitate to buy yarn with a lot of variegation - afraid that stitch patterns will be lost in the patterning of the yarn colours.
flying off the needles

On Thursday evening I cast on for the next pattern in Knitting on the Road: Conwy, named says Nancy Bush, for a town in Northern Wales with a long history of sock knitting. Compared to Canal du Midi, this pattern is simpler and easier to memorize. As well, it's knit on slightly larger needles so maybe it's not surprising that this first sock is flying off the needles. Just a few hours to knit the leg, the heel flap and turn the heel of the first sock. Looks like this pair is going to catch me up a bit on my year of projects schedule!


16 comments:

Dee said...

Both pair are beautiful. I love that green!

Delusional Knitter said...

Both look lovely!

Faith said...

The finished red socks look really comfy and well fitted. The green yarn is really lovely.

Hazel said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog :)Although I would never have thought of Smidge, its such an unusual name :)

I love the colour of green you are using for your socks!The red ones look cosy and thick for the chilly days ahead

goodpurlgonebad said...

Beautiful, all of them! The colouring on the first pair is gorgeous.

Magical Jane said...

lovely socks and the green colour is extra special. Conwy, Wales is gorgeous - one of my favourite places.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Both pairs look amazing!

Marsha said...

Great progress. Congratulations on the finished socks and the fast start on the new ones.

Just-in said...

They're fantastic. I love the pattern on the green ones!

Sandy said...

Both look great, but...I do love the green, and the idea that they go faster....bonus.

Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) said...

Both absolutely stunning!!!!

Thanks so much for the tip on Blackthorn DPNs - I just found some online and they are £25 a set!!!! GULP. Will add to my Christmas list :D

Kepanie said...

What a neat book to use as many sock projects are usually taken on the road, yeah?
Terrific jobs you've done. I understand the sock addiction now as I'm halfway through w/my hubbie's pair. Can't wait to work on a pair for myself! My bro and sil gave me an Amazon gc for my b-day so I bought Cookie A's book right away. I can't wait until it arrives.

Chrisknits said...

Conwy, my favorite pattern from that book! I just wish I could find my socks I knit with that pattern!

Annie said...

I Loooove fall. It is cool enough to wear hand knit socks but warm enough to show them off. I am a fan of shorts, tights, and socks. they show them off so very very well. And if I were you I'd totally show off those socks as well!

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Both pairs look gorgeous, love the colours and the patterns, I think I might have to check out the book

k2tog said...

I love the detail on your socks, they are so beautiful! Thanks for your comments on the scarf...ack, I still have 3 more to make too!!