Sunday, September 20, 2015

Year of Projects 5: Week 12

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

COOKIE A SOCK CLUB: June #1 • June #2 • August #1 • August #2 • October #1 • October #2 • December #1 • December #2

VANILLA SOCKS FOR CHARITY: July • August • September • October • November • December • January • February • March • April • May • June

Ahhh, Rhombus sock are finally done. Did you realize that these had been on my needles since May? Geez! That must be some kind of a record. Well never mind that, these socks are worth the wait!

The pattern is not terribly stretchy so I purposely knit the leg as written without adding any repeats but now that the socks are done, I'm not entirely happy with shorty legs. If I were to knit them again I'd make the ribbed cuff at least twice as deep.

It's quite an involved pattern. The six stitch cables are hard work and by the end of the sock I was pretty adept at interpreting every different type of M1 stitch from the chart without reference to stitch legends.

The yarn is Basic Sock from Red Sock Blue Sock. I didn't love the knitting of it - it's not very smooth and not soft and somewhat splitty- but I definitely like the feel of it on my feet. It's also a very nice weight. Not so thin as to yield flimsy knitted fabric. Not so thick as to yield bulky socks. Perfect, in fact, to knit socks on size 0 (2mm) needles. I really like this purple colour but I find the dye job a bit streaky with some almost undyed blotches. Hmmm. I wonder if a nice soak won't be the cure for what ails these socks? Remind me to update my opinion on this yarn next week!

Although fall doesn't officially arrive until midweek, Mother Nature has jumped the gun around here. It was down to single digits last night. Almost noon now and the temperature has only climbed to 15°. It's sunny though, and perfect sock-wearing weather. It's possible these Rhombus socks might stay put on my feet until bedtime!


Ruth said...

May! It doesn't feel like they've been on your needles that long, definitely some kind of record for you but I love them. But we know I'm a sucker for cables, I'm looking at them thinking I really need a pair of those just so I can do all those twisty turny cables, love them.

Renee Anne said...

I'm jealous of your weather. Where I live in California, we get summer in late August-October, with occasional spurts of hot weather anywhere from June until then. So, we're in the midst of icky summer's in the 90s today (~32C). But next week, it drops down into the 70s again (~22-23C). Woo.

Also, I think I love the socks.

Lucy Bowen said...

Can't believe you have had them on the go that long! They are beautiful mind you and well worth the wait.

Kepanie said...

Oh, these are extraordinary. I like how the stitch pattern still is shown off even in a darker colourway. Excellent job as always, Lynn, and thank you for detailing how you like the fit of your socks.

Caffeine Girl said...

I am shocked -- shocked, I tell you -- that you had socks on the needles since May! That is so not like you. It's good to know that even you get stuck sometimes. That pattern does look hard. But the result is beautiful.

Becki said...

From the pictures, those socks look beautiful! Love the color. Love the design.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I've had a few pairs of socks like that.... some you just can't seem to finish!
They look great though!

Leyla Alieva said...

These a beautiful!

Iris said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!