Sunday, November 3, 2013

Year of Projects 3: 2luvcrew 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

Thursday morning I finished my Vorticity socks with just inches of yarn to spare and just a few hours left in the Wandering Cat Yarns KAL. If you're curious, they're blogged here.

It's always fun to cast on a new sock pattern, and today it was even more fun, as it involved a new (to me) cast on method. The Channel Island cast on gives a stretchy edge to the cuff and every other stitch has a little bump that makes the edge look almost like picots. For this sock the cast on is made with just a single strand of yarn but some of the YouTube tutorials show the Channel Island cast on with two or three strands for a really pronounced decorative edge. Cool!

The pattern is written in small and large sizes. The yarn I've chosen - Sock Luck from Studio June Yarn - is a light fingering so I'm knitting the larger size on smaller than recommended needles. Hopefully the sock size ends up somewhere in the middle :) This colourway features tonal pinks which will work nicely with all the heart motifs. Besides, it's stash yarn so it's nice to finally knit it up. I did read that some Ravelers ran short of yarn, so the fact that Sock Luck is put up in 460 yard skeins is another point in its favour. No need for another game of yarn chicken quite yet!

Now hopefully I can find some knitting time between now and next Sunday so that I can show you the heart pattern. It's not looking too promising because I really ought to be spending every spare moment preparing for a craft show next Saturday. Somehow, though, I'd rather be knitting socks.

14 comments:

Dee said...

They are going to be beautiful. Glad there will be not sock yarn chicken game this time around.

Christine said...

Another pair of socks! Good for you !
The new cast on intrigues me... I may have to look it up.
Happy knitting!!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I'm amazed at the amount of sock knitting you do...it takes me forever!

Can't wait to see the heart motif...

mysparemoments.com said...

Oh new socks and I find it hard to believe there is something new for you to learn, to me you always know everything sock related. :)

Keri said...

I have to go look up that cast on now. Great socks! I love them.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Those are cute - the stitch pattern looks like it would have a lot of stretch!

Lily Razz said...

I'm Always excited when I can do something new, but I can be frustrated as well when I don't pick it up as soon as I'd like to. But looking at the picture you're already a pro at the new cast on! Good luck at the craft show Saturday, and have fun!

Chrisknits said...

I have done the CI CO with 3 strands, will have to look into the single yarn version. Beautiful color of yarn.

Ylva said...

It really looks like the perfect yarn for the pattern!

Kepanie said...

Fabulous texture these socks will have. I love how you go big.

elisabethandree said...

This is another beautiful pair of socks!
BTW, I won a fortune cookie with playing Shanghai Surprise and this was on the note "You can never have enough socks". I thought I'm going to tell Mrs. 'Minding my own stitches' :)

aknitwithacake said...

These socks are going to be gorgeous and the colourway is beautiful :-)

Caffeine Girl said...

Those are awesome socks! I'll have to jump over to see the Vorticity!

Jane Walker said...

Oh those are gorgeous, and well done with the new cast on method you brave thing.