Ok, so I never post yarn p0rn pictures, but this time I just couldn't resist.
See, I just had a birthday, and my in-laws gave me a gift certificate to Joann's, and my husband told me to go crazy on Knitpicks. So I did, and it all came in today :)( Collapse )
And also, just so this isn't ALL yarn, I finished yet another sock (yes, more socks):( Collapse )
Pattern notes and yarn review:
Just a toe-up sock following directions from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
, in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Irving Park colorway. I used the same sort of ribbing pattern seen on Thujas
. This was my first toe-up sock and first time working a short-row heel. I like tow-up socks, although I'm not ready to give up top-down socks, either. However, short-row heels may not be for me. First, this one is all holey, and secondly, I have high arches so flap-and-gusset heels work a bit better and reduce the stress on the heel when I wear the sock.
The top was a bit loose -- I bound off using Eunny Jang's
yarnover method from the last issue of Interweave Knits
. I did a YO after every stitch, because I have big calves and needed alot of stretch, but it turned out a bit too loose. So I'm going to go back and do YOs every other stitch, or something like that. Oh, and ignore the green yarn hanging out -- it's a marker so I know where to do the calf shaping when I make the second sock.
Anyway, I'm pretty impressed with how long these turned out -- this is all just one skein. If I were shorter and/or thinner, these really would go up to my knees. As is, they're a couple of inches shorter than knee socks ought to be. But since I'd never wear them in knee-sock capacity -- with a skirt or something -- it really doesn't matter. They will, however, keep me warm in the winter by closing the gap between my long coat and my boots. Hooray.
By the way, let me just tell you how great Lorna's Laces sock yarn is. It is so great! It just feels so...silky. Yeah. Silky. I love how sturdily spun it is -- it's not nearly as loose as Essential, and softer, despite having the same fiber composition. And the colors -- so rich. I'll definitely be buying some of this yarn...once our finances recover from my little yarny shopping spree.
Anyway, I've rambled for too long.