Friday, March 25, 2011
Anyway, for a change (and to put off tedious pattern-writing even longer) I decided to knit somebody else's pattern that's been on my queue for several months. It's Wedge, by Cookie A, from her book Knit. Sock. Love. I've long been an admirer of Cookie's designs and books, but so far I've only knit two of her sock patterns, Hedera and the ubiquitous Monkey (no-purl version, though). Pomatomus was the first one I ever put on the queue, and there it rests. Someday…
Back to Wedge. This design is insanely clever. After doing 3 of the wedge sections I had to draw an elaborate diagram of how they fit together in order to reassure myself that I hadn't gone off track. My diagram revealed the true cunning structure of the sock. Added bonus - all stitch counts are multiples of 8, one of my favorite numbers. Is that cool or what?
For my Wedge socks I'm using yarn I purchased at Sock Summit 2009 - Adorn Sock, by 3 Irish Girls, in colorway "Starry Starry Night". This beautiful colorway was one of 3IG's Dye for Glory contest entries, and by the time I got to their booth in the Marketplace they were swamped with orders. In fact, I didn't receive my order until the following January, after I had lost all hope of seeing it. I absolutely loved the yarn but that 6-month delay spoiled it a little. So I stashed the yarn and every few months would take it out to admire. But now more than a year has passed and that yarn's time has come! It's turning into terrific Wedge socks! Even the short-row heel, which usually doesn't fit me well, came out great on sock #1. Thank you Cookie for another satisfying sock experience!
Uh-oh, I feel a new sock idea bubbling up… Must finish 2nd Wedge sock.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Well, not here here, but at Jimmy Beans Wool, for a fun two hours of talk about her history with Lorna's Laces (oh, that Lorna!) and JBW, and her new book: The Knitter's Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn: Techniques and Projects for Handpainted and Multicolored Yarn
It was a short-notice thing so the group was small, but that made it more informal because we could sit around the table and chat like at Knit Night.
Lorna's book is terrific. It contains techniques, patterns and stitches for keeping your beautiful hand-painted yarn from knitting up into big pools and weird shapes. She brought all the samples shown in the book so we were able to spread them out on the table, examine them and stroke them.
I wore purple for the occasion in Lorna's honor, and of course she did too. In fact she wore a shawl knit in the Purple Club colorway, and told a cute story about how that name came about.
All in all, a great way to spend a gloomy Saturday afternoon!