After a detour of 2 finished pairs of socks, it's about time I returned to the socks for my sock pal. Originally I planned on doing this AFTER I finished Must Have. Obviously I underestimated the power of sleeve island. Really, I do want to know if this power is indeed that strong, or it is just a psychological thing? Anyway, I was only able to finish the increase on the first sleeve and there were still a few inches to go before the sleeve cap on Saturday. This was really slow considering the fact that I finished the left front within a day last weekend. But I just felt that I had had enough of the pattern ... so I did something else other than knitting. Then on Sunday, I casted on for the second Sockapal3za sock ... and now the finished pair are blocking on the towel:
Pattern: Fancy Silk Socks by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
This is a lovely pattern. It is really easy to remember but produces a very pretty lace pattern. Once you click with the pattern, you just can't stop knitting. Here is a close-up of the scallop cuff:
1) To get the size right for my sock pal, I casted on 72 stitches instead of 64.
2) On the last pattern repeat before turning heel, I did stocking stitches on the heel stitches:
3) Short-row heels and flat toes.
Yarn: Lorna's Lace Shepherd Sock Col: 11ns Bold Red
I love this yarn ... soft, bouncy, lovely to work with. The colour is just delicious. As I said before, I think the pattern goes even better with this red than the purple in the book ... fancy lace plus bold colour = winner!
Start date: 02-12-2006
Finish date: 03-13-2006
Now I just need to wait for Sock Mom's instructions.