Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.

Lycaena virgaureae Socks

Lycaena virgaureae Socks

Another pair of socks is finished and I find myself reflecting. I hadn’t considered that using the scraps from old socks would make me think of the socks these leftovers originated from. Now, my scrappy Lycaena virgaureae socks are like a scrapbook for 6 other pairs of socks. Well, 5 finished pairs of socks and a Texas Stars cowl that I plan to knit. at some point. after I knit all the socks.



Pattern: Lycaena virguareae from The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II

Needles: 2.5mm for the legs
2.25mm for the feet



Yarns: Cascade Yarns Heritage – (red)
Barking Dog Yarns Achilles – Teal Mist
KnitPicks Stroll Tonal – (orange)
KnitPicks Stroll Tonal – Springtime
The Plucky Knitter Plucky Feet – Vignette
Cascade Yarns Heritage – (gold)

Chrysanthemum socks

Chrysanthemum socks from The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet

Mashad

Mashad from Silk Road Sock


Slant Socks

Slant Socks

Popped Socks

Popped Socks

Fucus asparagoides from The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, Volume III

Fucus asparagoides from The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volume III


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Jan
03.
Comments Off on Frankensocks gone awry
Category: knitting & crocheting

Because I cannot be bothered to do anything the easy way, I decided to try a pair of scrappy Inlay socks. I knew there was a solid chance that I wasn’t going to love them, but what if I do? I had to find out. I’m no good at wondering “What if?”. Just over one chart repeat in, I realized the half of me that thought this wasn’t going to end well was spot on. This pattern is too pretty not to use solid yarn.
Inlay
So, I ruthlessly frogged and began the hunt for my next victim pattern. I considered the Dalekanium pattern after admiring Bonnie’s pair. I enjoy the look of this pattern with stripes, but it’s toe up which doesn’t jive with my scrappy vision. I looked at some cuff down slip stitch patterns, but they just don’t have the same lines. So, I started brainstorming other cuff down patterns I’m familiar with and thought of the Lycaena virgaureae Socks I gifted and decided I need a pair of my own. These may be just what the Dr. ordered. Only time will tell!
Lycaena virgaureae socksLycaena virgaureae socks


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Last night, I pulled out my trusty 2.25mm Signature Needle Arts DPN’s and cast on for a new pair of Hunter Hammersen socks. Then, I made peace with the fact that the chart is 34 stitches wide and a truly smart knitter would be magic looping. So, I switched my shiny green DPN’s for addi circulars, only to realize that the stiletto tips had been terribly handy given all the lovely twisted stitches. So, today Lisa and I headed to an LYS to hunt down some addi sock rockets.


Now, I’ve knit more than a few socks. The majority of these have been Hunter Hammersen patterns. For most of her patterns to fit my foot, I check the gauge and end up knitting with 2.25mm needles. The yarn shop had 2.0mm needles and 2.5’s. The owner kindly ordered my preferred size.


Here’s the conversation in the car on the way back from the shop:

Lisa: So, 2.25mm. How did you discover that was THE size for sock needles? trial and error?

Me: I don’t use 2.0mm because wooden needles that small break too frequently, Signature Needle Arts doesn’t make 2.0mm DPN’s, and sometimes they give me hand cramps.
2.5mm needles do not give me a fabric as dense as I like.

Lisa: I just wonder if .25mm could matter that much?

Me: Well, Elizabeth Zimmermann knit a sock on four different sized needles to prove that it could be done and needle size doesn’t really matter. But, I think we both know I’m not Elizabeth Zimmermann.

She did not disagree.


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