Sunday, March 2, 2014

Year of Projects 3: Shur'tugal 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

Now that we're in March, it's time to get started on Shur'tugal for the Socktopus KAL. My first idea for this sock was a very pattern-y yarn, but one repeat later it was clear that it was way too busy for the pattern. Instead I've now cast-on with a semi-solid green yarn called "Deep in the Forest" from Studio June. The stitch definition is beautiful and the colourway is not competing with the pattern, so I'm pleased with this.

The yarn is just less than a full skein - when I ran short by 10 grams to finish a pair of socks this time last year I ordered a second skein. I'm confident I can knit a small size of Shur'tugal socks from the remaining 90 grams, and it's nice to get a full second pair from that second skein, isn't it?

I've knit this pattern before - in January of 2010 I knit a pair in Patons Stretch Sock. In my Ravelry notes, I said "These socks are sturdy, practical and comfortable ... but those aren't the most exciting adjectives for all that hard work. Next time, better yarn!". This time round, the yarn is waaaay better. Now hopefully I like the finished socks better too.

15 comments:

Kepanie said...

That is such a pretty color. The stitch pattern books intricate and worthy of old, wise and gnarled trees.

cleancup said...

that does look like lovely yarn :)

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

The yarn is gorgeous! I wish I could knit socks as fast as you, but I haven't even looked at my socks in awhile.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Great colour!

aknitandacake said...

Lovely stitches and the colour goes really well. I will get to socks....!

Chrisknits said...

That color is beautiful. Looks like emeralds on my screen.

Dee said...

GORgeous!!!

mysparemoments.com said...

Oh I love the colour!

Lily Razz said...

Oh that colorway is pretty! Yarn can make all the difference, I'm looking forward to read about the contrast between both yarns!

Caffeine Girl said...

I love that pattern. Good yarn can only make it look and feel even better!

*~* Kim *~* said...

I love these socks! I am just a couple of rows away from finishing my first ever pair of socks and have two yarns lined up for more. Do you have a favorite toe up pattern you can recommend?
xoxox

Sam I Am...... said...

Gorgeous yarn, color and sock pattern. Perfect! I want to make those in that exact yarn....maybe next year! LOL! This was supposed to be my year of socks but instead it ended up to be my year of hats and I'm still not done with all of them.
Having seen yours I am now motivated to get back to sock knitting....like NOW! Have a great week.

elisabethandree said...

Gorgeous yarn!

Catherine said...

Very lovely stitch pattern, and choice of yarn. I too have succumbed to the temptation to combine fancy yarn with fancy stitch patterns

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

The yarn is definitely a stunner. It sounds like your notes brought you to the right spot in your stash :).