Sunday, March 4, 2012
Year of Projects - Huron Mountain 01
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
There's something about a colourwork chart that I find addictive. As soon as I finish one section of a chart I can't wait to start the next just to see how it looks. And then onto the next, and so on. That's the story with this sock too; I'm drawn from one section to the next with an impatience to see how it'll look. And as a result, this Sunday morning finds me halfway through the first Huron Mountain sock after just two days of knitting.
The pattern is meant to look like the plumage of the North American Loon. To be more accurate I should be using a true black instead of charcoal grey and a bright white instead of this creamy white, however I'm not a fan of knitting on tiny needles with very dark coloured yarn. The light in my living room is not sufficient and my eyes are not up to that challenge. Besides I'm trying to knit from my stash, so this was the best I could do.
The heel construction is quite unusual - one Raveler described it as a "band" heel. The heel flap is shaped so that after picking up stitches to reinstate the round the original number of stitches is attained without need of any gusset decreases. In so doing the "lice" pattern is carried on from the leg and worked right away after the heel without adjustment for a decreasing stitch count. This is also the first time I've worked "lice" stitches - widely spaced single contrast colour stitches within a field of the main colour, something that finds its roots in traditional Norwegian knitting.
One more thing to admit: this is one of the patterns in the book that I didn't want to knit. Now I'm glad I did. I've learned a new heel, I worked a lice pattern for the first time and, as it turns out, I like the sock more than I ever thought I would. Another pleasant surprise from designer Nancy Bush.