Sunday, May 27, 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

Not surprisingly this little pair of sockettes knitted on 3.5 mm needles took no time at all. Well look at them! There's really not much more to them than a simple colourwork cuff and a vanilla foot, is there? But they are cute and they will be practical for padding about in the house on cold floors. I also think this pattern - the Road to Oslo - would be a good choice for Christmas knitting, if there are people on your gift list who'd appreciate a warm pair of knitted house socks.

I've used SRK On Your Toes sock yarn held double. It's quite a nice utility yarn - soft, squishy, sturdy and not at all splitty. Hopefully it machine washes well too. For the contrast colour I held together two strands of similar sock yarns - Wollemeise 80/20 Twin and Mountain Colours Barefoot. The variegation in the yarns is subtle but there's just enough to add a little more interest to the colour work. I'm looking forward to trying more Fair Isle type patterns in the coming months. I'm a huge fan of the way Alice Starmore combines colour and pattern to create stunningly rich fabrics - here's my someday project - but for now, I think I'd better stick to playing with colour in smaller scale.

Next and LAST on my Year of Projects list is the pattern Uinta Cabin. I'll have to poke through my dwindling stash of sock yarn to find four colours that will play together nicely for that. A year ago, when I committed to knitting through an entire book I wasn't sure I'd do it. Now I'm trying to decide if I'm up for the challenge of another year. I think so. Maybe I can knit through Folk Knitting in Estonia while playing with colour combinations inspired by Alice Starmore?

11 comments:

GirlAnachronismE said...

I love these socks, they're such a cute pattern and they look so warm and comfy!

Sue said...

great socks....I love making socks...they are my "on the go project"

Sue said...

great job....love the color

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

These are super cute! I really look forward to watching you work through another book next year :).

Faith said...

Great socks, perfect as you say for wearing around the house, I like the pattern detail, very pretty.

Sandy said...

They turned out really cute. I don't think I could knit my way through one book, not connected to a particular designer etc. But, you've done very well with your challenge.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Great socks - they will be wonderfully for chilly nights!

Ruth said...

I love those socks they are just perfect for round the house. You did great with your challenge and I'm looking forward to seeing what another 12 months will produce from your needles.

Kepanie said...

Your socks rock! Even tho most of it was vanilla knitting, it shows that even a bit of colorwork gives it umph.
I'll be so interested to see what colors you choose for those cabin socks. I think color combo will really make pop and unique.

steph said...

I have that book, why don't I remember the road to oslo socks??? very very cute!!! must add to the queue!!

kate said...

oh cute! I think they'd look great in Christmas colours, perhaps also in pale blue and bright orange (my current colour pair obsession). Please do do another Yop, I enjoy your updates and your pretty projects so much!