15 February 2008

sox Sox SOX!


By popular demand I bring you a schematic of the Squid Sucks Cuttlefish Socks' progress (pre Pro Knitter status). Apparently schematics are going to be my thing. I can dig that. They're fun to make and don't require good lighting. Though a decent memory and some mad Bezier skillz are required.

Right. So here the sock kind of looks like some sort of biker tatooish sort of thing. I think that the black outlines don't help. But you get a general idea. Squid on the leg that wraps around the entire sock. Depths of ocean background with 'brackish' water changes every 3.5 inches or so. I'm kind of fudging so that there isn't a huge medium blue section from foot to leg over the heel. And the colour changes are a nice way to break up the monotony of knitting 9.5 inches of straight stockinette foot. Much more digestible in 3.5 in increments.

Generally I'm reconsidering my lukewarm sentiments towards socks. Mostly I blame the Knitting Philistine for knitting such fabulous socks out of the yummiest of yarns. I'm planning to expand my knowledge of such schmancy artisan yarns and try out all those patterns that the internets keep going crazy for.

I have no monkeys, no jaywalkers, no pomatomus, no giottos, no charades, etc. I haven't Jitterbugged, Trekking XXLed, Noro Sock yarned, Socks that Rocked, Cherry Tree Hilled, Lorna's Laced, Hello Yarned. I have treated myself to some Cherry Tree and Lorna's, they remain uncaked waiting for me to progress on other projects as well as a bunch of fab patterns provided during SP11 that demand to be knitted. I have however picoted and Fleece Artist Sea Wooled which was quite nice.

I generally feel like I am behind with my following of the knitterly trends, what with the not being 'out' and online with my knitting until quite recently. I'm generally not one to follow, but I feel that in knitland, where there's a trend, there's a fabu project to be had.

I have to add the challenge that I have yet to knit myself a pair of socks that actually fit. That's right. I've made myself 3 pairs and all three end up on the slouchy side. Two have been passed up to my mom and her slightly larger feets. The funniest part is that I am able to knit socks for others without issue. Maybe it's a gauge thing. Maybe it's a stitch count thing. But it definitely warrants further experimentation and study. Could be that the Continental skillz may make things better. Hard to say at this point. Socks might become my lunch time knitting thing in future.

Any other sock yarns I should add to the menu?

But back to the Professional Knitterly tasks at hand. Yes Mona, I'm making progress. I'm just about on gauge with the one (like a stitch off) and on gauge with the other. I'm going to finish the second gauge swatch today and make my evaluations this evening. Because I'm a smarty pantz knitter, the gauge is the same size as the project, so depending on gauge, I'll rip out some garter rows and keep chugging until I run out of the yarn.

2 comments:

AliP said...

I love fancy sock yarn but knit plain vanilla or ribbed socks...no momkeys..no jaywalkers..
I admire some of the trendy patterns but don't want the same socks as everyone else so I admire your not following the same drummer as everyone.
Don't go changin' baby.

jane said...

Well, I'm not going to knit them *just* because they're trendy. But I'm not going to disqualify them for the same reason.