Pattern: Progressive Sock Party by Chrissy Gardener
Showing off the stranded heel in pinstripe pattern
Yarn and Needles: 6 yarns used. For full list see my Ravelry page (publicly viewable via this link). Worked two-at-a-time on 2 x 2.75 mm needles.
Dates: 25th July – 30th August 2012
- Socknitter’s Anonymous July 2012 knit-along challenge (Colourwork/colorwork)
- Worked the toe and heel in stranded pattern so the sock will (hopefully) wear at the same rate
- Quite pleased with the finished object but they are a little snug at the calf and I’m really not pleased with the massive gaps up the heel flap (see photo with large circle).
Mind the gap! I didn’t quite get this right (my own fault because I added colourwork to the heel)
- The toe is a little pointier than I would normally have but it fits well enough.
I’ve dubbed these the SMS socks; Save My Sanity. Concentrating on the charts and the stranding kept my mind on the socks and not on any upsetting thoughts or feelings I was having. The past few weeks have been very rough, and I still have a long way to go, but I’m beginning to think the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t necessarily a train about to run me over.
For Sock Knitters Anonymous July 2012 Sockdown.
Challenge: Fair Isle/Stranded colourwork
Pattern: Chart from a 1946 “Silky Fair Isle Sweater” pattern from “Knitting in Vogue, volume 2″, modified by me. Heel = “Strong Heel”. My Ravelry Project Page.
Yarn and needles: MC = Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “Charcoal” (97 grams / 365.5 yards). CC = Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic Colorway 1004 (30 grams / 131.1 yards). Knit Picks Harmony 2.5 mm D.P.Ns.
Stranding on the inside of the socks
Dates: Started July 4 2012. Completed July 28 2012
- Pin stripe heels worked with opposite end of ball to maintain colour progression in foot
- Long-tail cast on over 2 needles, with one strand MC and one CC
- 1/1 rib for cuff. 1 rnd MC, 1 rnd CC
- Pinstripe wedge toe
- Small “box” pattern at toe
- This was my last roll of the dice with colourwork socks, and it seems to have worked out well. I accidentally did 1 more pattern repeat on the leg of the second sock because I attempted to count late at night!
Gusset increases on the leg of the sock, incorporated into the “polka dot” pattern
I think I'm gonna need a bigger sock blocker!
The first of my Serpentine socks is complete (pattern from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson, yarn Zauberball 6).
If you’re offended by the upper motif, I suggest you focus on the lovely snowflakes! I’ve now finished the gusset decreases and it’s just plain (!) sailing to the toe.
Most of my energy (what little there is) has been focused on Tour de Fleece:
I’m behind on reading/commenting on blogs so if you normally hear from me, don’t worry, I’ll get to you at some point! I’ve got raging sinusitis and I’ve been threatened with steroids if my new nasal spray doesn’t work and I’M SO BORED.
May you live in interesting times, indeed.
A black, long-line waistcoat in a bulky wool yarn:
A completed back and front, plus a front-in-progress leading to the unravelling jumper
Or a sock-weight wool shawl:
Summer Mystery Shawl: Behind as always!
Or stranded colourwork fingerless mitts:
You can see the thumb gusset emerging as pin-stripes!
I’m a joiner.
First up is the Fall Cable KAL 2006. I’m working on a pair of Fetching gloves at the moment and I’ve got my eye on a cable and lace jumper from the last IK.
Next is the Stranded colourwork/colorwork KAL. As requested on the blog, here’s my colourwork history:
What are your projects for this knitalong?
If it’s allowed, my Iris Garden socks will be the first project. I’m also planning on doing the Philosopher’s Wool vest mentioned previously and I’ll probably fit in my dad’s scarf (see next question).
Is this your first colorwork project? If it isn’t, what was your first, and has it survived the test of time?
No, it/they won’t be. I’ve completed a pair of colourwork socks before (the Star Trek ones seen here at Flickr), my dad’s argyle scarf and I’m part way through a “Fair Isle” baby vest for my cousin (which may not ever get finished!)
I’m not sure what category that puts me in (Fair Isle, Norweigen …) but I don’t really care! There’s a Flickr group ‘specially for the KAL.
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