Friday, January 20, 2006

First pair of the year

I discovered that sometimes one has to grow to like a pattern. My progress with the first Cherry Tree Blossom sock has been crawling mainly because the pattern didn't show itself very obviously at the beginning. I have even thought of switching to another pattern! To add to that, it was difficult to memorize. But when I finished the first one, I love the sock. This motivated me to get the second one done. It is not easy to capture the lace pattern on camera ... this is the best I can do:


The grafting of the second sock went fast as well. But I think that's it for me with cuff-down short-row toe ... keeping the grafting tension even is such a pain! Yet, I really really love short-row heels ... they fit so much better. I can wear this pair of socks in my leather shoes and feel comfortable:


I am getting tired of seeing my socks against the same background, aka the floor or the wall of my apartment. So, how about Market Street of San Francisco for a change?



Details:
Pattern and Modifications: Cherry Tree Blossom Socks designed by Tall Gal Knits for Inspirations Yarn
I used Twisted German Cast On for the cuff (72 stitches). I think I much prefer this method to Tubular Cast On mainly because 1) the Twisted German Cast On is similar to Long Tail Cast On, my usual method; 2) there is no need for a provisional cast on using scrap yarn.
The heel in the original pattern is called "V-Heel". I did try doing that first and I decided that I didn't like it at all. So, I switched to double wrapping short-row heels (36 stitches - 12/12/12). I am still in the process of finding the right proportions that make the socks most comfortable for me. The proportions I used with this pair feel good.
The pattern called for Classic Toe. But I would like to try short-row toes (36 stitches - 12/12/12) to see if I'd like it ... and the conclusion is known to you already. :)

Yarn: Inspirations Yarn Cappuccino (60% Superwash Merino, 25% Mohair, 15% Nylon) in the cool colourway
I love love love this yarn ... smooth and soft and warm. Debi told me that its composition is exactly the same as Bearfoot sock yarn. And I learned from Kathy that Bearfoot is extremely splitty. Well, to tell you the truth, Cappuccino does tend to be a bit splitty ... but not "extremely" in my standard (I am knitting with Patons Kroy 4 ply now ... and that is splitty!)
Besides, I also love love love the colourway. There are very subtle colour changes throughout the skein ... but definitely no pooling.

Gauge and Needles:
I know I have been acting strangely concerning the use of needles for this pair of socks. I used DPNs US1 for the cuff and then changed to US2 for the lace leg part! But it turned out that the leg part is not too loose and the cuffs are stretchy enough. Then I switched back to US1 for the foot part ... using US2 was too loose.
The gauge with US1 in stockinette stitch is 10 st per 1".

Start Date: 01-01-2006
Finish Date: 01-18-2006
I am starting to record these data for my knitting. Why? Don't really know ...

17 comments:

Lolly said...

Yea! They are so cute! and all of the photos are so fun. the color is very similar to the color of my first 2006 socks ;)

Great job on all of the details too.

Have a happy weekend~

caitlyn said...

The socks are very pretty! I like the pattern and the color. Great job on your first pair for 2006!!!

spirals said...

yeah for sanfrancisco... i miss it.. thanks for the lovely pic!

Debi said...

Did I mention my bro lives in SF? Well, Novato actually...now if I could just overcome my fear of flying perhaps I could actually MEET YOU someday!

I love the socks, soooo pretty! I see bloggers refer to their "standard sock pattern" and for me, every sock is still an evolution! I've yet to find the "perfect" formula so I keep knitting and keep experimenting!

Actually, I'm using Bearfoot now and I don't find it splitty in the least! I know Kathy disliked it because of her allergy to mohair but I am enjoying every stitch! Bearfoot may be my favorite sock yarn :)

Ruth said...

oooh, pretty!! and a great shot of market street too. although whenever i'm there, it's crazy busy, so that's the quietest i've ever seen it. =P

katie said...

The socks look great... especially out on the town!

Shelley said...

Beautiful socks and the background is a trip! Good job!

lori said...

The socks are pretty! I like that you took them on location for the photo shoot... :)

purly Whites said...

Awesome socks! And I LOVE the photo of them with the city in the background. Hee hee!

candsmom said...

Your socks are beautiful! That color is so pretty and I especially love the SF shot. ;-) Thanks for all the specs, too...I think I'll look into the twisted German cast-on you used. They look like they fit perfectly! Take care, Agnes! :-)

Siow Chin said...

The socks look really comfy and the on-location shot is super fun!

Laura.Y said...

I liked that last shot you did..hehe, really fun looking. Looks like the sock went touring about. Love the colour.

erin said...

Pretty socks to start the year on the right footing. Your 3rd photo is so funny, I can't decide whether you're trying to kick off the year or running away.
It's a good idea to take notes of your knitting. Sometimes I go back to them, like I want to know what size needle I used for a particular yarn.

claudia said...

Funny picture! Interestingly, I actually LIKE adjusting the tension on my grafting row on short-row toes. I think its fun to tug and pull until the tension is perfect. However, I am easily entertained.

Lynette said...

Agnes, you're awesome. I was perusing some of your older posts and loved the discussion on zippers. I think you should take more of your knitting projects "on location" in San Francisco. Funny little pic, good use of photoshop :-)

Sheryl said...

Agnes, this is my first visit to your blog. I always smile when I see the cat profile picture. I am a huge cat fan too. Your socks are gorgeous - three of my favorite things - beautiful aqua/turquoise color, lace and socks! Reading about your experience lets me know I have SO much to learn about my new passion for sock knitting.

P-) said...

Great color! Those socks look lovely!