Thursday, May 03, 2007
Now that I've more or less gotten over the bitterness of Sock Wars, I've taken on a new, non-competitive sock swap--Sockapalooza Four. There are 1,006 knitters signed up for this swap, and the socks are due to be mailed the day before my 20th high school reunion in August. Plenty of time to knit something nice for my Pal, and to knit it right. No hoping that gauge is close, or accepting that the socks are "just about" the same size!! I think that I will use the Sundara Yarn above for my pal's socks--it's Caribbean over Light Blue. The yarn depends a little on which pattern I choose, of course--I can't risk running out of yarn! I think that this yarn will look beautiful with a twisted stitch pattern, and I've wanted to try that technique for awhile. Right now, these are the patterns I'm leaning towards, and some photo examples--any help deciding would be greatly appreciated:
From Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road: Conwy or Canal du Midi (also lovely in green here). Both of these are really nice, and I keep wavering about which I like more. The Conwy is so orderly and tidy looking, while the Canal du Midi has more intricate stitches on the top and a plain back. My Pal has indicated that she prefers thinner socks, so less bulk on the back is probably better.
Another option is the Bavarian Rockstar. I'm not sure where I first saw this, but a completed pair is here. One big advantage to this pattern is that it is knit toe-up, so I can knit until I'm out of yarn. However, the pattern on the back of the leg seems a little bulky, although the chart doesn't look that way.
Option #4: Bavarian Twisted Stitch socks (on the Knitpicks site) from Cat Bordhi's Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles.
Option #5: Clessidra from Knitty--this is the least likely of the bunch, but I'm still sort of considering it, though it would require a lot more yarn. Plus, there could be additional fit issues, what with them being knee-highs. I'd have to ask for more measurements from my sock pal, and then somehow incorporate them into the knitting. Yikes!
If anyone has feedback about these options, or similar alternatives, please let me know. The Canal du Midi is the front-runner, but I do waver when I look at the other options!