Sunday, October 4, 2015

Year of Projects 5: Week 14

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

I haven't taken a recent photo for Clandestine, but I did pause for a photo after completing sock one. The sock is intentionally snug on my foot as the pair is intended for someone with smaller feet and skinnier legs than me. But it's a lovely sock and the yarn looks quite showy and peacock-like. Fun!

Sock two is on the needles. It's going to be a bit of a slower go, I think, as I have to reverse the charts to mirror the foot for the right sock. I might have to make photocopies to cut and paste the charts into the new order to get it right. Too much of my knitting time is distracted - it's an error waiting to happen if I don't take steps now.

And it seems like everywhere I look on Ravelry and in the blogosphere I see Mystik Spiral Socks, so I just had to buy the pattern to cast on a pair for my October charity sock. The pattern is written for self-striping yarn, and I did look online at a couple of suppliers to see if there was a stripe pattern that caught my eye, but in the end I've decided to create the stripes from scrap yarn.

With spirals created from short rows I wasn't confident that I'd know where to switch colours, so I've reeled off mini-balls from various scrap yarns, each about 4.5 yards for nicely even 8-9 round stripes. As I knit one mini-ball I put a matching mini-ball in a ziploc to set aside for sock two. Sock two might be matchy-matchy, but maybe not... I'm making this all up as I go along.

It's a pretty fun knit and a nice change from the Vanilla Bean Striped Socks that I've knit for the last few months. I'm already poking around in my sock yarn leftovers to plan the colour scheme for the next pair. The Warm Hands Network has their next shipment planned for January to a school in Kugluktuk which is on the shores of the Arctic Ocean - socks for school age kids are the highest priority!

10 comments:

Simply Playing said...

I'm so impressed with how quickly you can knit socks. I love that the variegated colorway doesn't seem to effect the pattern on your peacock blue socks. I'm intrigued by your sock donations. How did you get started? I knit hats for donation, but maybe I give some sock knitting a try too.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Clandestine is beautiful. And that stripey one - another good way to use up scraps!

Ruth said...

Clandestine turned out really great and it suits the variegated yarn you used so well. I really like the look of those spiral socks and they would be perfect for the many self striping yarns I seem to have to work through, thank you I've added those to my favourites.

Stefanie said...

The first Clandestine is intricate and very impressive to the eye. What a lucky recipient! And this new pattern is so cool! That is creative to use up scrap yarn to make them. I love how th edesign makes it look like a knitter has cut strips of patterns or colors and bandaged them across the foot.

Alittlebitsheepish said...

These are both so lovely. The short row stripes is very clever and a super way to use up leftovers

Lucy Bowen said...

I love clandestine but the mystic stripes are to die for, I must look for the pattern!

Christine Ramsahoi said...

Neat looking self striping socks... And I am not surprised at all that you went stash diving to create your own stripes ;)

Becki said...

Oooh. Those Mystik Spiral socks are really cool. And the yarn you're using looks great. And I agree that the Clandestine turned out very nice. Love the colors in that yarn you used.

Maria said...

Both of those socks are incredibly gorgeous! I've been holding out on getting the MSS pattern, but now I think I have to. LOVE your version! I've always adores lots of red colours together.

Iris said...

Those socks are amazing! The colours work so well with the lace - absolutely stunning!

I'm curious about the stripey socks you are knitting. Looking forward to seeing more of them as they grow.