Sunday, July 7, 2013
Year of Projects 3: Totally Vanilla 01
SOCKTOPUS: Totally Vanilla • Kandahar • V Junkie • Kwalia • Farmer McGregor • Shur'tugal • 2luvcrew • Vorticity • Rumpled! • Crowley • Om Shanti • Mince Pie Mayhem • Hundred Acre Wood • De Stijl • Fiori di Zucca • Caretta Caretta • Spring Shoots
Sorry for my absence in blogland - I've been away and am still catching up on things! Happily I did manage to get a start on my first project from Socktopus - Totally Vanilla Socks. As the name implies these are very simple stockinette socks; what makes it interesting is that designer Alice Yu walks you through the steps of sizing your socks for a perfect fit. I've measured my feet, knit a swatch to calculate my gauge and cast on 64 stitches. This primary stitch count strikes me as too low for size 0 (2mm) needles, but maybe I'll be proved wrong!
For this pattern I'm using the oldest yarn in my stash. In August of 2008, I visited a little yarn store outside of Moncton New Brunswick and bought two skeins of hand-painted sock yarn - this one and a skein of Fleece Artist. This Cricket Cove yarn is a rustic, slubby fingering yarn that's been hand-painted in a rainbow colourway. And to date it has totally defied every pattern I've tried with it. No idea how many times I've frogged it, but this time there's no looking back. After all, nothing more forgiving of busy yarn than a vanilla sock pattern, right?
It's early days yet in my Year of Projects, but so far I couldn't be more pleased with the book I've selected. In this first pattern I'm working through sizing my sock to my foot, the next pattern incorporates beads, and the pattern after that has steeks! That should keep it interesting!