Monday, January 08, 2007

First Socks of 2007

Lichen Socks

Pattern: Lichen by Meghan Jackson from the Pick Up Sticks Sock of the Month Club
Yarn: VvS Painted Yarn in Art Nouveau
Needles: Inox 2.5 mm (gauge of approx. 7 stitches per inch)
Start Date: January 2, 2007
End Date: January 7, 2007
Comments: The moment I unwrapped the VvS Painted Yarn I was taken with its similarity to Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock mediumweight. Once I started knitting with it I was surprised it knit up the same as well. Nice! As you all may have noticed, I'm a bit of a fan of Socks that Rock (STR), so to find another yarn in lovely colors that has similar properties is a real bonus. I'm so glad I'm in the Pick Up Sticks Sock of the Month Club otherwise I don't know if I would have ever tried this yarn in the first place.

So, if you've knit with STR in the mediumweight you'll k
now what it's like to knit with VvS Painted. The colors of the VvS yarn are a bit more subtle than STR's tend to be and they have an unusual overlaying of colors. It's difficult to describe, but, for example, in one of the longer cream sections there will be a haze of pink as a top layer. I really can't describe it very well, but I assure you it is very pretty.

The pattern is a club pattern and I really enjoyed knitting it. (I think it's very similar to the Monkey sock pattern in the Winter Knitty). I'm sure I'll knit it again as it will be perfect for some STR I have. Plus, it knits up very quickly and held
my interest. I love that the pattern is carried on down the heel flap. A very nice detail.

Saturday I got my third shipment from the Sweet Sheep Sock Club. This month's yarn is an absolutely stunning All Things Heather Sock Yarn in the color Winterberry. I have been keeping this by the computer so that I can pet it off and on all weekend. The depth and variety of colors is so gorgeous. Just the perfect color for winter sock knitting! I'm so sad that there is only one more shipment in the club.


Kathy said...

Beautiful first socks of the year Alyssa. I love the cats on your sock boards.

Michelle said...

I am so glad that you like heather's instalment..I guess you know who that leaves for the last month...and it is stunning too!
We will be doing some other clubs so stay tuned...I love that you are just as addicted to socks as I am!

mle said...

Absolutely gorgeous socks!