Saturday, December 27, 2008

I've Been Gambling Like A Fiend On Your Tables So Green


Ahhhhhhh . . . now that's better. A new project, using a new yarn. With cashmere! The pattern is Berry Season (Rav Link) from the book 2-At-A-Time Socks. It's a short sock with garter stitch, then ribbing, then a textured pattern. So far, so good.

The 2-At-A-Time Socks book is a good introduction to knitting two socks at once using the magic loop technique, although the construction of the socks is all top down. I would have liked to see some toe-up patterns, but I've also been using the 2-at-once technique for a couple of years so I'm already reasonably comfortable with it. I'm sure I could convert some patterns to toe-up, but for me the point of buying this book was to have patterns I didn't have to think too much about! Anyway, even though the construction is all the same, there are some beautiful and unusual patterns in the book as well as some solid basics.

I bought the yarn I'm using completely on a whim, and specifically because the color is called "HULK SMASH". It's Cashsport String by The Yo Yo, purchased at the Loopy Ewe, and as the name implies, it's sport weight. These are going to be some cushy socks, and hopefully they won't be too thick to wear with clogs (but they probably will be). This yarn (which is 10% cashmere) is really nice feeling, and there are a few other colors that I've got my eye on--but likely not until I've used up the Hulk Smash. Hulk Smash!!! I can't stop typing Hulk Smash!!!!!!

I've Been Gambling Like A Fiend On Your Tables So Green: Wilco, Casino Queen


melissaknits said...

I think your Berry Season will make for some very spoiled feet!

I decided not to include toe-up socks in the first book because there really wasn't room to cover the topic as well as it deserves. But - keep you eyes peeled, and look for something maybe toe-up-ish from me in the coming year.

Knit your socks off!

Lola and Ava said...

Must be a Wilco kind of day. I really liked the patterns in the book, but check for errata before you get too far in. There were some errors in the pair that I started for Veronica and I got so frustrated with them that I switched patterns altogether . . . well before I looked for the errata. Happy Holidays!

Rebecca said...

And I, on the other hand, have been attracted to that book specifically because I've wanted to learn the magic loop method for a while. Your Berry Socks look great!