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
As it turns out a braided cuff and a multi-row colourwork band make the leg of my first Christmas in Tallinn sock quite inflexible. Both Gavin and I really struggled to get our heels and arches into the sock. And then struggled to pull the sock off again. I've purposely made the foot of the sock small - the accountant at work is very petite and she's been asking for a pair of handknit socks for ages - but I hadn't meant to make the socks difficult to get in and out of. She works Tuesdays, so I'll ask her to try this sock on then. Depending on how that goes, there may or may not be a sock number two. Another idea I had was to knit the colourwork panel on larger needles to make the cuff bigger and less stiff. That might work.
The subtlety of the dark variegated yarn still disappoints except from very close up. Maybe a yarn that wasn't so dark would have been a better choice? The main coloured yarn is a new one to me - Sandnes Garn Sisu - and it's left me disappointed. It's very splitty. Very. And I encountered more slubs and unevenness in yarn texture than I expected. Other Ravelers comment that it's soft and hard-wearing so maybe it will redeem itself in my opinion over time.
Enough complaining; let's focus on the positive. Spring has definitely arrived around here - my tulips and lilies are up and my crocuses are blooming. All the trees and shrubs have buds. We've seen lots of robins and red-winged blackbirds at the backyard feeders. And a pair of rock doves are nesting in a wall mounted planter at our front door. So far mama dove has been serene and unflappable with all the comings and goings on our porch - hopefully that doesn't change once there are eggs and the little ones. Can't wait to see that!