Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Welcome Yule

University has made a major dent in my knitting output, and though I still do quite a bit of stress-relief knitting, I've stuck mostly to vanilla patterns and small projects. I did finish MS3, but foolishly forgot to take a picture before I gifted it. And I did finish the Kimono shawl just at the beginning of the school year, but still haven't blocked it!

I did, however, manage to finish and photograph a few pairs of socks:

Gansey socks, from the Six_sox_knitalong:

I love Gansey socks

I really like Wildfoote for sock yarn, though I know others find it splitty. It doesn't give me too many problems and I really like the way the socks feel and wear after a few washes.

Pattern: I love Gansey, by Janine Le Cras
Yarn: Brown Sheep Wildfoote, in Vinca Minor, or something like that
Needles: 2.5 mm Addi circs.
Modifications: I don't do hearts. So I did diamonds instead.

And, finished way back in August! Jutta's socks:

Jutta's socks, complete

Pattern: Jutta's socks, from Folk Knitting in Estonia, by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Fleece Artist merino, in Pinata
needles: 2.25 mm Brittany Birch DPN's

Super comfy - but I've noticed that I wear out 100% wool socks much faster than I do blends. I don't know if I will continue to buy and knit 100% wool yarns like Fleece Artist and Cherry Tree Hill, as lusciously soft as they are, although I will definitely use and knit up what I have already stashed. In the meantime, I'll enjoy them while they last.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Try using a cotton or linen co-yarn for the toes and as a 2ndary colour on the heel: It also helps in picking up the stitches for the heel later, but Mainly, I think it deeply improves wear. =)

I'm a Top-Downer, so this might make incredibly little sense to the toe-ups; I've got No idea. :(
(just struggled my first wrap-heel this night... 'think I'm still in shock.)