Sunday, February 1, 2015

Year of Projects 4: Stalagmite 04

KNIT. SOCK. LOVE. : BFF • Clandestine • Cusp • German Stockings • Gothic Spire • Hedera • In and Out • Lissajous • Marilinda • Mona • Monkey • Pointelle • Rhombus • Sake • Stalagmite • Stricken • Thelonious • Twisted Flower • Wedge

FINALLY! Some progress to report on my Stalagmite socks! It took me a few minutes to figure out where I left off but fortunately reading my knitting gets easier with every pair of completed socks so I was able to determine that it was the left sock, and that rows 11 of chart B then chart A were next for the instep. When will I ever learn to make better notes?

There are two charts for the leg. It's actually the same cable pattern for both but the second chart is offset by half a vertical repeat. How nice is that?! For the right sock the order of the charts is reversed so that the pattern is mirrored. Love that too!

The more this sock grows, the happier I am with the yarn choice. This "Wisdom" colourway of Sock Luck yarn shifts from cyan blues through navy to emerald greens. After working the cuff and starting the first set of cables I worried that the colourway was too busy for the pattern, but the further I knit, the stronger the pattern emerges. Looks like this time I'm being rewarded for ignoring early doubts!

I'm also pretty happy with being back to knitting a Cookie A pattern. The patterns are often pleasingly complex with such nice little details and embellishments - like the way the cable pattern finishes at the heel on a diagonal... so clever! And considering the first shipment of the Cookie A Sock Club is expected to arrive in the next few weeks, being in a Cookie A frame of mind is a very good thing!

Of course the reason I'm back to knitting my Stalagmite socks is that I finished my Inlay socks for the Hunter Hammersen KAL over at the Sock Sampler group on Ravelry. It's a very striking pair of socks but all those twisted stitches made the knitting a tough slog. Suffice it to say I'm glad to have them done :)

11 comments:

Renee Anne said...

I feel like I need to finish a pair of socks soon or something. ::sigh:: I'm nowhere close, though :(

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

I'm really loving the color of those socks....and the pattern looks fun...I love the way the heel looks...

mysparemoments.com said...

I really love the yarn your using for our Stalagmite socks and I'm glad you ignored your early doubts now the cables on the inlay socks on the other hand make my head spin a bit and I love cables. I also love patterns which mirror each other in socks and mittens, I did this with my Danu mittens because it's just more pleasing really isn't it?

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Stalagmite is lovely. And it reminds me I need to do some work on Dave's socks - I haven't touched them in a week

Lucy Bowen said...

That colourway is gorgeous and as always your socks are perfect, I'm in awe!

Kepanie said...

Lovely pairs of socks. That blue is awesome.

Charne aka Meisie said...

Oh yes! that 'wisdom' colourway is beautiful indeed The sock are looking great!

Iris said...

Stunning, as usual, and I love that vibrant blue!

Delusional Knitter said...

I've gotta get some socks on the needles. I have one of Cookie A's books ... they are really fascinating, beautiful patterns! Your inlays are nice, great yarn choice!

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

Okay, I just have to day that those stalagtite (or is it stalagmite? lol) socks ROCK! They are gorgeous beyond belief! I like your other ones but the stalagtites are over the moon gorgeous!

Maria said...

might have been a slog, but the end result looks awesome :)