Monday, May 21, 2012
Year of Projects: Road to Oslo 02
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
Now that I'm catching up on several other fronts, I can finally report some progress on my second to last project for my Year of Projects: The Road to Oslo boot socks. After much hemming and hawing I decided to double strand some light fingering weight socks yarns for this sock.
As you can see Nancy Bush didn't name her book "Knitting on the Road" without good reason. Other than a picot edge and a small colourwork chart for the cuff, this sock is a very simple vanilla ankle sock worked on big needles in thick yarn. Easy peasy. And perfect for bringing along on our long weekend road trip to our friend's Lake Erie cottage!
The pattern as written is worked in three colours - one main colour, a contrasting colour for the cuff and a second contrasting colour for the colourwork chart. Looking through my stash I didn't find three colours in sufficient quantities that worked together satisfactorily so I elected to work it in two colours instead. I knit the cuff in the usual way, and then wrapped the next stitch, turned the work around, flipped all the knitting inside out and reversed direction to work the foot. It felt weird, but it works - the cuff rolls over correctly with nary a purl stitch needed. Awesome!
It's written as a boot sock, but I think I'll knit them for myself to wear around the house in winter instead of slippers. They're certainly thick enough that I wouldn't want them in shoes. And figuring that most of one sock was knit in just a few days, they should be done in no time!