Friday, July 12, 2013

Finished Object Friday



Pattern: Totally Vanilla by Alice Yu

Yarn: Cricket Cove Handpainted Fingering in "Rainbow" colourway

Needle Size: US 0 (2 mm)

Modifications: None.

Comments: This sock pattern takes the knitter through the steps of knitting a sock for perfect fit. Believe it or not, I did knit a gauge swatch for them! Following directions and based on the math I was walked through I cast on 64 sts - much less than my usual 68-72 sts on size 0 needles. The fit is really good, although I don't think I'd risk anything but handwash and lay flat to dry with these. Still it's been a good exercise for me. Seems I'll be making my socks a bit narrower from this day forward.

The yarn is a rustic, slubby heavy fingering or light sport weight wool from Cricket Cove. Recalling my conversation with the shop owner in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, I think the base is from Briggs and Little. The colourway has pooled throughout these socks, but after several false starts with this yarn and other patterns, I expected it. I'm just grateful that the pools of yellow/orange aren't exclusively on one side of the sock or the other. There's also nothing very matchy about this pair. Life's been so busy and my brain is so full that I just haven't had the energy to fight with the yarn. And as it turns out, the yarn did just fine without my interference.

That's it from me on this finished object Friday. I'm linking up with Tami's Amis again today, and as soon as I hit "Publish" I'm headed there to read through the links. There's a mystery amigurumi CAL wrapping up today and I can't wait to see what animal is revealed:)

11 comments:

Elisabeth Andrée said...

Another pair of great sock, they fit nicely.

Chrisknits said...

I love the colors. Orange in any form is a fav, so you would think I had more projects in orange? My closet is full of it, but only 3 things I can recall in my knitting have been orange. Hmm, must change this!

bookworm-Mary said...

Vanilla socks seem to be popular!! They honestly seem to make the most sense to me. I like the colors of yours

terra3311 said...

The next lovely pair of socks. I love the colour mix. Great weekend.

Kim said...

Lovely! I don't think I will ever be a matchy matchy sock knitter. Gauge swatches--often a necessary evil. :)
Have a super weekened.

Kepanie said...

I love how they hug your feet so well!

nursenikkiknits said...

A sock swatch? I'm impressed ; )
I don"t usually like pooling but I think it really works with this slubby yarn. The colours are gorgeous together and the fit looks great.

Auntie Shan said...

Actually, UNmatching is probably a GOOD Thing! - It gives Them less reason to want to strike out on Their own and get LOST... ;-]

Anyhoo, SUPER Job!

kathy b said...

Totally Vanilla socks are amazing. I love how they didnt pool too much, they did it in a cozy way

mysparemoments.com said...

Love the vanilla socks, well done on completing them.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

They turned out awesome!