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Clessidra

2 Jan

I finished one of those works in progress I lamented earlier. I hadn’t realized this, but I began knitting these socks last March, soooo it only took me a neat 9  months to finish. If I recall correctly, I first took a break from these because they’re a bit on the complex side, and not what you’d call relaxing tv knitting… and then the break stretched on a bit.

Mostly, it says something nice about the pattern and this yarn that I eventually just took the time to knit the other sock as well.

The pattern is Clessidra from the 2007 spring issue of Knitty and I used almost 200 g of Sockenwolle (fingering weight, 100 g = 300 m) from Seehawer & Siebert. I didn’t feel like messing around with stitch numbers to make these bigger, so I used a bigger needle size than the pattern suggests. In the end, this of course forced me to knit fewer rows between calf shaping rows, and fewer rows in the heel flap… thereby completely defeating the whole point of changing the needle size in the first place. Hah!

Mm this color is delicious. I have absolutely no clothes that go together with it and I don’t even care. The yarn is lovely – gives nice stitch definition and is still soft. Instead of the usual acrylic to strengthen the wool, this yarn has some ramie in it. Ramie is, apparently, a plant. Weird! It’ll be interesting to see how well these hold up in use.

All’s Well That Ends Well

18 Sep

My birthday present for mom this year provided me with an ample measure of excitement.

I’ve wanted to knit Q for a while. It’s a stranded color-work sock pattern that to me is nicely modern and kind of different. I even bought yarn for it last winter (two balls Sisu from Sandnes Garn. It’s a fingering weight wool and nylon blend). It was an impulse purchase, and it wasn’t until a lot later that I started wondering if I had enough yarn…

I don’t often buy yarn without having a specific project in mind for it, but that doesn’t mean my stash isn’t full of yarn without a purpose in its life.

This happened to the Sisu as well, as I forgot about the Q socks for a long while. This was a blessing in disguise, because months later I happened to buy another ball of the exact same colour as the main colour I had originally chosen for the socks.

When the time came to knit mom something for her birthday, I went through my stash, and remembered this pattern when I saw the Sisu I had bought. Then I looked up the actual pattern, and realized I really didn’t have enough. Fine, I thought. I’ll find another, similar yarn in my stash, and make tri-color Q socks, somehow. Imagine my surprise and happiness when I stumbled upon the third ball of Sisu 🙂

Socks!

Socks Socks!

Pattern: Q by Aija Goto

Published in Knitty

Yarn: Sisu from Sandnes Garn (50 g = 160 m), 3 balls

Needles: 2,5 mm

3 balls wouldn’t have been enough, but luckily I was paranoid enough about running out of yarn that I knitted less of the leg chart repeats than the pattern instructed (2 repeats before the decrease chart, 1 repeat after it).

And then I was worried I wasn’t knitting knee highs, since, you know, I wasn’t doing all the repeats. But luckily, my mom seems to like the length just fine.

I just love how my memory of a gold-fish saved this project. I can see myself even now, going in that yarn shop twice, seeing that yarn and wanting it, twice, trying to choose what colors I’d like to buy, and buying the same exact color – twice. Haha. I crack myself up.

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