(Or..."How I overcame my fear of weird sock construction!")
My dear blog peeps!
Holy mother of all things fibrous! I'm in the throes of an obsession!
I have a lot of projects that I need to work on, already on my needles. I have several BIG projects that all are screaming at night for small bits of my time, in attempts to become FO's before next winter! There's the lovely Kauni sweater that everyone in Ravelry has commented on (well, not quite everyone!), the Dunadd wrap that I really, really want to wear, and the "I want to be buried in this" Malabrigo lace Feather and Fan shawl. I've got bunches of roving that I'm dying to spin! And Mission Possible 2008 is looming large. So, what do I do?
You guessed it! I cast on another sock!
Pattern: Bevo House Socks (my own)
Yarn: Queensland Collection Rustic Wool
Color: # 13 (for all you Longhorn fans!)
Needles: Size 5 DPN'sd
Maybe I just needed a quick FO. Maybe I felt that my eldest DD needed to wear something on her feet in her apartment (for safety!). Maybe when I was at The Knitting Nest in Austin, I reached out and touched this stuff, and it magically jumped onto the counter (most likely!) Whatever the reason (assuming reason had anything to do with it), I made these in about 3 days. Nothing like instant gratification! Simple construction. Almost no leg! Eye of the partridge heel (I think). Easy peasy!
Then the mail came. The next installment of "As the Socks Rock". Yes, the March edition of BMFA's Rockin' Sock Club. If you haven't gotten yours yet... go no farther! *****SPOILER ALERT***********
The colorway "Lucky" is greens with some gray and is lovely (Although the pattern shows the yarn as completely in shades of green). I started looking at the pattern "Leafling", which has some lovely little leafy looking stitches down the front of the sock. Dang. I've already done a pair of socks almost exactly like these, from the "Gathering of Lace" book by Meg Swanson! Then I saw the gusset! It went DOWN!!!! NOT ACROSS! AND THE HEEL WAS ALL THE WAY INTO THE FOOT!
JC Briar designed the pattern, taking a chapter from and giving credit to Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters. OMG! This was Knitting with a capital K! I had no idea what I was doing, about half of the time! I just followed the directions blindly, trusting the Blue Moon people to have tested this one thoroughly. And, as I knit, I suddenly GOT IT! One of those knitting epiphanies! I'm in serious lurve with the construction of this sock!
Pattern: Leafling by JC Briar
Yarn: Socks That Rock (Mediumweight)
Needles: Size 2 DPN's