23. March 2010 17:00
Iron Knitter Round 5 has begun... Saturday evening, I cast on and knit like crazy so I could make progress but still get to go to the movies too! (Green Zone, with the handsome Matt Damon... not bad ha ha)
The pattern is another freebie from Ravelry - Cable and Lace by Allison Sarnoff - I wonder how many other lovely patterns are on there that I haven't seen yet. Realistically I can keep pumping out a pair of socks a week for the next few YEARS and still not find the end of the beautiful patterns available on Ravelry.
I really like the simplicity of this design... and even though it is simple, the basic lace lattice and columns of basic 3x3 twist cables looks elegant and sophisticated. The stitch arrangement itself consists of a basic 8-row repeating design... half of which are plain stockinette rows! The pattern works up very fast because of this, and I was able to memorize it within a few repeats.
Close up of cable and lattice detail...
After two days of knitting away, I have sock #1 completed and the second one ready to start the short-rows heel. I find the slowest row is the one with the cable crossings. I am out of practice with manipulating a cable needle (aka a lonely DPN in my world) and am finding that I really need to concentrate to slide the stitches around properly. Maybe by the end of the pair I will feel good about it again.
The other 7 rows, however, are a speed zone! Where there is so much of the design in plain stockinette, no purl stitches on either side of the cable (as it is customary in a lot of designs to make the cables "pop" from the design) I feel like I am just flying! The foot portion with plain stockinette along the sole is even faster!
I hope I will be able to complete the rest of sock 2 tonight... I really want to be able to remain in the competition until the last round. I know that the chances of me "winning" the competition are slim considering I am competing against people who can knit entire pairs of socks in less than 18 hours... but as long as I can stay in until the last round, I feel like I'm winning anyways. Iron knitter has really gotten me to step outside my own box and try different techniques and patterns - helping me to learn new things and strengthen my skills. I am starting to worry what the last sock challenge will be (please don't be entrelac, please don't be entrelac!) After the last pattern, I wouldn't be surprised to see something completely spectacular for the finale. We've done lace, colorwork, cables, picot edges, gusset and short row heels - all combined to make wonderful beautiful socks. Keep your fingers crossed I get to stay in ;)
I chose to use another skein of Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed... this time in Bordeaux! I have basically every color of this yarn, and love the softness and smooth texture it creates. I find it looks great as plain stockinette, but still has nice definition for lace and other things. This particular fuchsia skein has just the right amount of color variation to be interesting but not overpowering. Some of the other colors I received were almost solids.... which is good for some things, and less well suited to other things.
The Color is difficult to photograph... looks burgundy sometimes, but Screaming Pink in other types of light. With the color combination and the stitch pattern - these are Girly to the Max! I love them. They are a little tall for me though, so perhaps they should end up as Holiday gifts. Who knows, sometimes I get attached for some reason or another!
And finally, here is a pic of a completed sock... hopefully to be joined by an identical twin shortly!