Thursday, September 07, 2006



Pattern: Widdershins from Knitty
Yarn: Hill Country Yarns Sweet Feet Self-Striping in Honey Butter
Needles: KnitPicks size 1 (2.5 mm) dpns, gauge of 7 stitches per inch
Start Date: September 1, 2006
End Date: September 6, 2006
Comments: My first pair of toe-up socks! Excellent pattern from Knitty. The magic cast-on linked to in the pattern (also on Knitty) was incredibly simple to do and looks fantastic. I am very happy I now have a trusty alternative to my normal cuff-down socks. The reverse heel flap was a cinch and it was a nice change to not have to pick up stitches at the gusset.

As for the yarn, I am quite pleased. The best characteristic of this yarn is the texture. It is a very soft merino wool that just feels so silky while you knit. It has a very nice stitch definition, but on the softer side compared to Socks That Rock or Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. The self-striping dying was very well done with absolutely no white/undyed spots. Consistent striping action was also a bonus for those that like their socks to match perfectly (I do what I can, but I don't get to upset when they don't).

As I'm still waiting on my needles to start the Alpaca & Silk Shrug I went ahead and cast on for the Besotted Scarf. The K1C2 Paint Box (Color #10 Walnut Plum) is knitting up with the nicest wide striping which works really well with the XOXO cable pattern. Paint Box feels a lot like Noro Kureyon, but with a more consistent thickness. The texture is pretty rough right now, but I'm sure it will soften considerably once it's washed.

I forgot how satisfying it was to knit something on bigger needles with a simple pattern. I'm already through one ball with only two more to go. I am cabling without a cable needle as the little 4 stitch cables would drive me nuts if I was using one. It's working out very nicely.


Heather said...

Okay, I just gotta know...roughly how much time per day do you spend knitting?? You are just SO fast!! It takes me ages to get through a pair of socks...are you knitting anything else at the same time, or are you a one project at a time kinda girl?

Truly, I aspire to be as speedy as you! :-)

Chicago Jen said...

Wow!! Again with the Wow! I love your Widdershuns, so pretty! And that Besotted Scarf is luscious. You'll have to let us know if it softens up. Any thoughts on what to do with the new Rowan stuff you got?

Kathy said...

Al will be proud of you cabeling sans needles. The sock stripes are perfect. I LOVE THEM

Stuff is going one here. For a while yet. I miss GROUP. Save me a spot for my return. It will be another week or so I think.

Mothlady said...

Yes, I'm also curious to know the average time per day you spend knitting :) Such prolific knitters are interesting for us readers.