Sunday, January 1, 2012

Year of Projects - Whitby 01

swatch fail

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

Happy New Year! I'm really struggling with the last several patterns in this book, Knitting on the Road - some because they're knit with heavier weight yarns on larger needles than I'd prefer, and some because they're just not my style. But I'm determined to knit every pattern even if I have to modify them to suit the yarn and needles I have on hand.

For the pattern Whitby I like the style; based on fishermen's gansy sweaters with cables and diamond patterns picked out in purl stitches, what's not to like? But 51 stitches on size 2 (2.75mm) needles is not for me. I tried it, knit almost an entire leg and then frogged. That's how it works with me and socks, the leg of the sock is my swatch. It's usually a timesaver.

Now I'm rejigging the pattern to knit 69 stitches on size 0 (2mm) needles using this gorgeous teal coloured Wollmeise sock yarn. I've split the yarn into two balls so that I can knit toe-up and use every inch of this yarn. With 160 grams (about 540 yds) in the skein, these may end up as knee socks! Or even two pairs of socks! We'll have to see as we go along. Maybe by next Sunday I'll have managed to reknit the leg to about the same spot?


Kim said...

I do not know how you can knit so many socks!! :) I tried my first pair in November and became so frustrated they were frogged and forgotten in the midst of December knitting. I am planning another go at socks with a KAL in February, so maybe without the stress of the impending holidays, I will have a better time of it. How long have you been knitting?
Your sock patterns are amazing and so intricately detailed--I wish I had your skill level!
Happy New Year--

Keri said...

I love the colour that you are using. I hope that they go more smoothly from here on out.
best wishes for a happy healthy 2012.

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

Happy New Year! The color is amazing, and like Kim, I'm amazed by your ability to knit so many socks. Good luck in getting the next leg up to this point by next week :).

Dee said...

So pretty. I got my first skein of Wollmeise this year. I haven't knit with it yet.

How do you like the yarn?

The pattern sure shows up very nicely.

Paige said...

What a beautiful color! I found you through Dee's blog. Happy New Year!

Nicole said...

I think I'll sock knit vicariously through reading your posts about sock knitting :). I have yet to try a pair and they somewhat terrify me of how frustrated I would get with them! That color is so so beautiful on your current pair!

Alittlebitsheepish said...

That is some really beautiful yarn, the colour is gorgeous. When I opened the page I actually stopped mid sentence to say "Ooooh, I like that yarn!" then carried on :D

Sandy said...

LOVE the color. Socks...yikes, still on my list of goals. But, we're only half way through, right...maybe I'll make it yet?

Kepanie said...

How come you split the yarn into two balls? B/c you'll get two socks evenly out of the whole ball?
That is a great teal. That is a color that looks terrific on anyone.
I think if you're not really feelin' those other patterns, why force yourself to knit them?

Ruth said...

Love love love the colour of your yarn and I'm in awe at home many pairs of socks you manage to knit and here's me shaking in my boots at attempting my first pair...way to go you.

Dorothy said...

What an awesome colour. Love it.