I started on the Fair Isle pattern with Socks That Rock yarn.
The colors are not quite what I expected; seems like there’s a little more brown in the cobalt bloom and a little more peach in the citrine compared to the sock in picture on the pattern.
This yarn has a wonderful slick feel that’s not like any wool sock yarn I’ve used in the past; more lustrous than Opal or Lorna’s Laces and more dense then Koigu.
Fortunately, just before starting these socks this week, I stumbled across this article by Judy Becker (via a post on Knitter’s Review) on a “better” cast on for toe-up socks. I gave it a go and think it will now be my preferred method. I did, however make one slight modification by eliminating the slip knot. To create the first stitch, I hung a loop of yarn over the top needle and twisted the yarn end around the other strand.
Small projects like this sock always keep me thinking about the other things on my knitting “to do” list. Here what’s on the top of my list, but in no particular order.
- Mitten and hat from the Japanese book using the Twined Knitting Technique
- Convertible fingerless gloves with a two color design around the palm
- A sweater from Virtual Yarns
- Finish the frosted flowers sweater from Vogue Knitting
- Reduce my stockpile of wool rovings and tops
There’s just never enough hours in the day.