Sunday, October 25, 2015

Year of Projects 5: Week 17

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

In the end I decided to be matchy-matchy in the yarn sequence for my scrappy Mystik Spiral socks. The first sock was so busy looking that I didn't want to add any more busy-ness. As well, I thought that matching the stripes would help make the mirrored spirals more dramatic. I'm happy with the way they turned out!

I can highly recommend the pattern, though it'd be better in self-striping yarn than from scraps. Although I love the socks on my feet, my scraps didn't knit to a very consistent gauge and as a  result the socks look lumpy and uneven when not on my feet. These are headed to my sock drawer rather than charity as I'm not entirely happy with them.

Late last week my cousin shared a Facebook post wherein the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, England asked for hand knit cardigans for the preemies in their neonatal ward. Grimsby is her husband's hometown and he's headed their to visit his mum in a few weeks. After poking around on Revelry for a suitable pattern I settle on this one. Goodness it knits up quickly! Looks like I'll have several ready for him before he boards that flight! And just look how cute it is ... although it's a bit worrying that something that tiny would actually fit a child!

As mentioned the October patterns for the Cookie A sock club were released, and thank goodness, neither of them were bed socks. The designer admits that the luxury yarn wasn't likely to make durable socks, so with that I posted the yarn for sale within the group and sold it within minutes. At least I recouped a small portion of my investment!

I cast on and knit a pair of socks roughly based on one of the club patterns - "All Shook Up". As written the sock features a false seam down the back of the sock and the leg patterning tapers off to a V at the top of the instep. Instead I opted to knit the pattern seamlessly around the leg and continue the pattern to the top of the heel flap and across the instep to the beginning of the toe. It's a very simple pattern of knits and purls. Nice enough, but it wouldn't have been a pattern I'd choose to purchase and knit.

The yarn is from Shelridge Farms - 80/20 fingering in an "aubergine" colourway. The colourway is quite dark so the pattern is not as obvious as it might have been in a lighter colour. And the darkness of the yarn made it somewhat unpleasant to knit. I'm glad to have it knit up and out of my stash!

The other October pattern for the Cookie A sock club is "Love Me Tender" which is another simple pattern, this time with columns of cables and lace. I've picked out a light turquoise yarn for this and have knit most of the first leg... but more on that next week! And hopefully Clandestine sock two will get some love too!




10 comments:

Ruth said...

I love how Mystik Spiral is all matchy matchy and I think you were right so much already going on that it would have detracted from the already great striping. Oh my goodness how cute is that cardigan but your right to think that a precious wee baby will fit into that! I like the pattern on the aubergine sock and those darker colours are definitely a nightmare to knit with, it's the only thing I don't like about my Forest Moon of Endor socks, knitting the black parts!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

The spiral socks are awesome!

Renee Anne said...

I really loved the yarn for this segment of the club but I don't know that I'll make socks with it. I'm thinking it'll grow up into a shawllette of some sort and I'll probably make both socks with existing stash yarn :)

Frieda said...

Both pairs of socks are gorgeous ! I must look up the mystik spiral pattern , I have the perfect yarn in the stash . The little cardi is on my list now thanks to you . It will make a change from knitting baby hats for the local hospital . Aren't you the enabler ! Lol ...

Jane Walker said...

Wow, amazing! That baby cardigan is one of the nicest looking patterns I`ve seen and those scrappy socks look fantastic. I don`t know how you did all those wonderful swirls, but they look super.

Stefanie said...

OMGosh, Lynn, those spiral socks are one of your best yet! I absolutely love them.

Becki said...

I love those mystic spiral socks. They are amazing looking.

Lucy Bowen said...

I adore your mystic spiral, I am off to hunt down the pattern right now!

Simply Playing said...

Oh your Mystik Spiral socks are simply gorgeous! Such great colors! And that cardigan is so sweet. Aren't baby/child knits the best for instant gratification? I love all the charity knitting you do - very inspiring.

Dee said...

Ooooooooooo....I love BOTH pair of socks. That bottom one looks REALLY intricate!