8. August 2012 08:20
I've been working ahead on some gift socks for my holiday knitting. but unfortunately it's a false start.
First the Yarn: Some of my old standby, KnitPicks Stroll Tonal in Canopy
I purchased a copy of "The Road Goes Ever On" by Claire Ellen some time ago. and decided that now was the time to get started and get my Cable-On. This collection of socks (mostly cabled, some lace) is beautifully designed and contains great charts and detailed patterns. Each design is named for a character from the Lord of the Rings series by Tolkien too. so neat back stories as well.
My only real complaint is that there aren't more photos of these fantastic socks. I've been going back and forth to Ravelry to look at projects to get more ideas of how the designs wrap around the heels and legs, since many of them are quite unique.
I decided to start with Eomer. a very cabled pair, featuring some 2-stitch travelling cables that remind me of wrought iron gates, and some sections of double moss stitch and rib.
I love everything about this sock really.. the only thing I didn't account for though is the fact that I started with the "small" size, and the way that the cables run has really restricted the stretch of the ankle and leg of the sock. But look at them! So pretty and curving, almost like a filigree of green yarny goodness. and I was almost enjoying the double-moss. Why is it that I can't stand K1P1 Ribbing, and would rather poke my own eyes out with a set of 2.5mms, but I actually like double moss? Its the same darn thing! Clearly it's in my head. go figure.
So bummer: I'm in the frog pond. I just wish I hadn't made it all the way to the heel before trying to put it on my foot. My ankles were ginormous last summer from the fluid accumulation of pregnancy, and they have shrunk back to a normalish size (I can wear my own shoes and socks again finally) but I don't think that there's even a remote chance that these will go comfortably around my ankle, let alone take the chance that they might not go over the intended gift recipient's ankle either. The heel is so pretty too. the way the cables spread out over the top of the ankle, then turn into ribbing. I bet it would have hugged the ankle perfectly too
Oh well. it's been ravelled and I'm back to the drawing board. I'm thinking maybe I'll try a Cookie A. design I've been sitting on for a while and come back to the Cabled-wonders some other time. It's a little heartbreaking to rip back cables so lovely!