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
Once I got over my fear of snipping open holes in my knitted feet for afterthought legs, the pair of Spring Shoots socks were off the needles pretty quickly. Just think - the KAL for this pattern ends on August 31st so now I'm ahead of schedule. Time to cast on a few side projects rather knitting monogamously on socks!
The yarn I used was Socktopus Sokkusu Original in a colourway called "Slice of Orange" It's very bright; the perfect choice for when you want to see the stitches clearly. The yarn is lovely - a nice twist, springy and not at all splitty - but it's a light fingering. When I'm knitting on patterns like this that ask for US 1-1/2 (2.5 mm) needles, I'd rather something a bit fuller for a sturdier fabric. This yarn really begs to be knit on size 0 (2 mm) needles.
I'm not over the moon about these socks. There are lots of construction elements that make them an interesting knit but they don't give the greatest fit. The star toe and heel look dramatic, but I hate the feel of increases over the tops of my toes and under the pads of my toes. With the spiralling increase I never really feel like the sock is properly square on my foot. And then there's that persistent wrinkle at the back of my heel!! The gusset increase strategy was too spread out over the instep - leaving the sock baggy at my arch. And a seed stitch cuff looks cool but it's not stretchy and it's not doing a thing to help these sock stay up. Overall the sock feels a bit thin and a bit large ... maybe I'll like them more after a trip through the washer and dryer?!
Hopefully the next pair of socks in the KAL fit better. The pattern is Hundred Acre Woods - one of my early favourites in the book. The KAL runs from August 1st to September 30th - no pressure at all. I've chosen a yarn from one of the KAL sponsors: Djinni Sock from Dragonfly Fibers in a colourway called "Oberon". And thankfully it's thicker than it's predecessor.
Now, what else to cast on? I guess I'd better spend a bit of time looking through my stash today to see what I could knit up! A shawl? A baby blanket? Something else? Probably a baby blanket using the remaining Berroco Vintage in my stash.