And I didn’t wait until 11:45p on the last day of the month either. What a surprise. I finished these last night, a whole 2 days early compared to last month. These were a delight to knit. I loved almost all of it, especially the pattern, the yarn, the colors. I did one sock one dpns and the other sock on 2 circs to see if I preferred one method over the other. Thing is, I didn’t. I got bored with each method by the end of the sock. Hmmm, what gives? Am I destined to never be happy knitting socks on tiny needles? I’m curious about the Clover mini circular needles, so I’ll see if I can scare up a pair of those in size 4s, the smallest size, and try them out with heavier yarn. Maybe I’ll like that better. Maybe not.
Project: Hedera socks by Cookie A.
Yarn: Blue Moon Socks That Rock Lightweight in Lemongrass
Needles: Inox dpns US size 2 (that are really size 1 according to the needle gauge) for the first sock, and Addi Turbo circs US size 1 and KnitPicks Options classic circs US size 1 for the second sock
Start: Feb 24, cast on at Stitches West
Finish: March 29
Thoughts: This pattern rocks and that’s because Cookie is a freakin’ genius. Of course, I have no clue about lace or sock patterns; I can only follow the directions and even then it’s a challenge for me. I am amazed that I was able to do lace and socks at the same time! The socks are a little bit big, and maybe that’s because I knit loose. Doesn’t matter, I still love the socks. I’ll wash ’em in the washer and toss them in the dryer for a bit to see if it tightens a little bit.
This was my first experience knitting with STR and I really enjoyed the feel of it. I tend to split my yarns easily from picking at my yarns and it seemed as if I split the STR less than other yarns. The exception was when I was using the super pointy KnitPicks Options. I really had to make an effort not to poke into the yarn and to be sure to grab the whole strand.
I really didn’t mind doing the top-down sock construction as much as I thought I would. The lace pattern was easy to remember and helped pass the time as you zip down the leg. Even though I knit loosely, the stockinette bottom doesn’t feel too loose or flimsy. In fact, the fabric feels like just the right amount of tightness for durability without feeling too stiff. I have a little bit of leftover yarn, just right, I would imagine, after finishing socks, without feeling like any of this wonder yarn is wasted.
Next up, I’m thinking I’ll try toe-up Jaywalkers. Or Wendy’s toe-up sock recipe. Or maybe a Socks Soar on Two Circs Cat Bordhi pattern. Or…