Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cleaning House

I've been working on finishing up WIPs lately. I finally tracked down a ball of the red Regia 4-ply from my ill-fated Sockapalooooza experience, A YEAR LATER. The dye lot was drastically different, but I didn't care - I plowed through the last half-sock and got 'er done. Here are Cookie A's Gothic Spire socks, finally finished.

Pattern: Gothic Spire, by Cookie A.
Yarn: Regia 4-fadig. 75% superwash wool, 25% Polyamide
Yarn Source: Uptown Yarns, Courtenay, and The Wool Shoppe, Parksville
Yarn Cost: $24
Needles: 2.5mm Susan Bates circular, 100 cm long, for magic loop
Tension: 9.5 sts/inch in stockinette
Cast on: May 2007
Bound off: July 31, 2008
Modifications: None.
Notes: I loved this pattern when I first saw it but I don't know that I care for it as much now. It's complicated to look at and my eye finds it hard to decipher the design. That being said, the socks are nice and long, comfortable, stretchy and warm. I am finding them a bit roomy - I originally cast them on for someone else, so used the largest size. I'd prefer them tighter, but that's what the dryer is for, no?

I must admit I wouldn't make these again. They are impressive and pretty, but the yarn wrapping bit is a bit much. This is what you have to do: slip next four stitches onto cable needle. Wrap working yarn twice [or four times, depending] around the four stitches. Knit the held stitches. It's a right pain. You can't get around the required cable needle - there's no way to do the wrapping without holding the stitches on a separate needle. Very time-consuming.

But it's nice to have another pair of socks in the drawer - and red ones, no less.

So I'll keep 'em.


Karen S, Lykkefanten said...

I still smile when I look at the socks you sent me, thinking of all the trouble they gave you. But I love them dearly!!! They are my absolutely favorite socks.
Good thing that you got something out of all the mishaps though!

knititch said...

they are pretty. i am not a sock knitter at all. i think it is too much work that i could spend on knitting sweaters. unfortunately it makes the blog a bit boring since i hardly ever can present a fo.

Anonymous said...

They are more stunning in person. Red is such a difficult colour to photograph.

Wrapping cable needles? Ugh - too much for me :-)

Anonymous said...

Well, they're gorgeous, but even if I had the skills to make such a fussy creation, I wouldn't. Wrapping something four times? Yikes.

I would've made a horrible Victorian. In fact, I imagine I'd have just dressed in men's clothes and been an outcast. Hmmn. Not too terribly different from now...

Dave Hingsburger said...

So, tell me, if you put your ruby socks on and click your heels three times, will you end up in Kansas?

Anonymous said...

Dave, Socks would probably only get Shannon part way to Kansas, maybe Idaho. I'd have to do the math to be more exact.

Shan said...

Ha ha!