Saturday, September 29, 2007

FO...Stansfield 16 socks in STR

All first pair of socks in Blue Moon Fiber Arts' Socks That Rock. The colourway is Scottish Highlands and it's their medium weight yarn, which is quite thick, I must say. I knit them on a size 2 needle and it knit to 8 sts/inch. I'm sure they will be quite warm. The pattern is from More Sensational Knitted Socks and is Stansfield 16. It's a basket weave that was simple to memorise. I have about 26 grams of yarn left over and I'm considering adding some form of border at the top of the cuff. I made this a bit on the short side as I didn't know if I'd have enough to finish both socks. Given that I wear a size 10 shoe, I'm always worried about that. Yes, I know, I could knit them toe up, but I'm not overly fond of that technique.

The socks-in-progress are in Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock in a colourway called "Cornucopia", which is available from the nicest enabler on eBay, emtnestr. I'm about to cast on the second sock and am using a size 1 needle. The pattern is a simple garter rib. I hope to have the second sock done by tomorrow...we'll see!

I'm starting to appreciate patterns that are quite simple and allow the yarn to be the centre of attention. For more intricate patterns I'll stick to solids, especially after the Country Girl socks I made (see post below). These socks took 4 days to complete.


Sherilan said...

Hi Mari,

Love the socks - I've been looking at that Scottish Highland color. I also wear a size 10. One thing about it when knitting socks for DH (size 11) it doesn't seem that bad. Both my MIL and SIL are also size 10, and if I make myself socks that don't quite fit as snug as I would like, then no problem with giving them as gifts. Glad to see you had time to post. Have you found any interesting new shawl patterns?

Mari said...

Hi Sherilan!

I absolutely love that colour! Next time, though, I'll order the lightweight yarn, I think. I knit these on size 2 needles and cast on 64 stitches. They aren't too loose, but they are on the bulky side. No matter...they'll be great with clogs!

As for shawl patterns, why yes, now that you mention it, I have a couple new patterns! I bought Evelyn Clark's new Angel shawl (from Fiber Trends) and I bought a book of shawl patterns from Dale of Norway. I'll be back to shawl knitting in a couple weeks, after I finish up some of the sock projects that have been waiting far too long!