Sunday, October 9, 2011

Year of Projects - Dalarna Socks post 2

the leg of the second Dalarna sock
 
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

After a late night at the pub watching the Springboks fumble and falter in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup, I'm taking it easy this morning. Sock knitting doesn't get much easier than this Dalarna sock, especially now that the decorative cuff is done and the shaping rows are complete. From here to the heel it's just stockinette with a small clock pattern across three stitches on each side of the leg. Easy peasy.

decorative chain stitch
About now I usually start looking at my sock yarn stash with a view to selecting the yarn for the next pattern. My original thought was to knit all the patterns in the book in order, but now I'm reconsidering. After all, the patterns are simply ordered alphabetically - there's no compelling logic for following that order. I'm rationalizing of course, because I want to skip ahead to Hiiumaa - a mismatched pair of striped socks. I see that pattern as the perfect opportunity to stash bust by striping my variegated sock yarn scraps into a solid coloured sock. It also looks like a good pattern choice for socks for the January donation campaign for the Warm Hands Network. My nieces and nephews all seem to prefer mismatched pairs over traditionally matched socks.

It's another beautiful day in what's turning out to be a spectacular Thanksgiving weekend. With my sister's family expected for supper on the holiday Monday (tomorrow) my job today is to get the chores done. Happy Thanksgiving and happy crafting!

14 comments:

Tonya said...

Oh those are pretty socks. My 5 year old would like the mismatched socks. Matter of fact that is my plan for the sock ends.

goodpurlgonebad said...

I love all of those! Beautiful. Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Marsha said...

I think mismatched striped socks are a great idea. And of course the kids would be the ones that like them the best. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Magical Jane said...

skip ... skip ... skip ... you must go where you want in life. Next sock on the needles - you decide ;)

Evelyn said...

I adore mismatched socks (and does my daughter) -- somehow they just put a smile on the wearer's face! And if it also includes stash busting, all the better. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Enjoy!

Dee said...

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!!!

CrochetBlogger said...

I say skip ahead to the socks that you're totally in love with right now. Although that could mean that you'll be left in the end with several patterns you aren't excited about at all.

Kepanie said...

I concur w/Crochet Blogger! Do what you like. If you aren't particular hyped up by the other patterns, then find other patterns elsewhere.
How do you make your own chart BTW?

WildflowerWool said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I say skip ahead and make the socks you are excited about!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Those socks are coming along nicely!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Dorothy said...

Socks .... easy ????? Oh how I wish I could knit a pair of socks. Happy Thanksgiving.

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Lovely purple yarn and an interesting stitch detail. Having a simple occasionally sock sounds like a great idea

Ruth said...

Your socks are so pretty and I never knit anything from a book in order, it gets extremely boring and really does my head in so I pick things at random as they take my fancy, that way I'm never bored with my project.
I can't talk about the rugby, I'm so disappointed with Ireland going out to Wales in the quarter finals...so sad..Wales were the better team on the day but it dosen't stop me being disappointed with it all ;-(

Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) said...

Beautiful! The colour is so perfect.

My sister always mismatches her socks so I was thinking she may be a good recipient if I get into sock knitting as my patience isn't terribly good and I'm sure to end up with Single Sock Syndrome!