|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!