Sunday, July 15, 2012

Year of Projects 2: Liivi's Stockings 01

Folk Knitting in Estonia: Aino's Gloves • Anu's Christmas Gloves • Anu's Mittens • Anu's Stockings • Avo's Mittens • Ellen's Stockings • Helgi's Mittens • Hilja's Mittens • Ilmar's Socks • Juta's Stockings • Kalev's Mittens • Kristi's Mittens • Laila's Socks • Landra's Gloves • Liidia's Gloves • Liivi's Stockings • Maarja's Socks • Maimu's Mittens • Marko's Mittens • Meida's Mittens • Merike's Gloves • Rita's Stockings • Sander's Mittens • Tiit's Socks • Ulla's Gloves • Virve's Stockings

In fact the second of my Hilja's Mitts is still awaiting a thumb, but I thought I'd cast on a sock instead for travel knitting. Turns out for the next couple of weeks I have a lift to and from work, so that's a couple extra hours of prime knitting time each day! Here's my start on the pattern Liivi's Stockings.

It's the longest leg I've ever knit for a sock - 13" from cuff to top of the heel flap - and if I were to do it again, I'd shorten the top of the sock by at least an inch and a half. Maybe that's why they're called "stockings"?! The cuff starts out at 80 sts and then a gradual series of decreases down the leg bring the 72sts at the ankle. As well, with the colourwork knit on larger needles, the finished leg actually fits quite nicely. At least it fits Gavin nicely.

I'm knitting from stash yarns and wasn't entirely sure how successful that would be The light green flower pattern breaks up a bit against the variegated background field, but I think it's still okay.  Please don't tell me differently; I'm absolutely determined to use up these odd balls of Jojoland Melody superwash. What really surprises me is how much those blue bands pop. Honestly I thought my yarn choice there was too subtle. Just goes to show.

The rest of this sock is plain stockinette with a simple clock pattern at each side. Perfect travel knitting, right? Now I just need to set aside some time to finish that last thumb on my mitts!


19 comments:

Wool Diaries said...

I am always amazed at the colourwork you produce in a week. I bow down to your knitting skills. You are truly a colourwork master

Mary said...

I'm not going to tell you differently as those colors are great together. Beautiful detail

mary

kathy b said...

Great long socks.....must look up clock

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I think they are looking good. And a great way to use scraps!

Dee said...

Oh! I really LIKE those.

Glad you'll have a bit of knitting time on the drive. That's really cool.

Sue said...

very pretty color work...I want to learn to do it...but haven't taken the time yet....yours are beautiful !!!

Ptinutz Noisette said...

I find the choice of color, really good, nothing to change!

And what an impressive progress! just one week...

Jen said...

Cool socks! Someday I hope to try some colorwork, in the meantime, I'll enjoy looking at yours!

Nicole said...

That colorwork would take me FOREVER, I admire your progress with these!!

Ruth said...

I sure wouldn't tell you any different on the colour either as I think the colours look great together. You always amaze me with your colourwork.

Sarah (Crafts from the Cwtch) said...

Beautiful!!!!!! Your knitting is so lovely.

And rather a good leg/foot model you have there too :)

kate said...

They are beautiful and your knitting is awesome.

RobinBrz said...

You are a sock magician! I love that you surprise yourself with color choices. I can't wait to see how much you get done on your ride to/from work!!

Liz said...

I love the colourwork! I'm always so impressed that you can get colours to work so well just knitting from stash :)

Barbina said...

Wonderful colours! Your knitting is awsome! Ooh, I have to learn to knit socks too!
Have a great week! xxxBarbina

Carolina22 said...

Beautiful colors and work! So cool to have travel knitting time each day. I'd get so much more done if I had that! hmmmm maybe I should reconsider the bus option...

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I won't tell you otherwise since I agree! I'm always amazed by the great color combinations you find in your stash. I seem to have only really odd color combinations in mine :).

GirlAnachronismE said...

I think the colourwork is beautiful, and I don't think the flowers are lost in the variegated yarn at all, I think they stand out really well.

Kim said...

As always, stunning. Your color work is always just so special and here am I, freaking out when I want to put a little stripe into something! ;)
*smiles*