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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While knitting green socks for Hunter Hammersen, there was a moment I fracking hated them. Not because the pattern is poorly written, but because I could NOT for the life of me remember the difference between a make one left and a make one right.

I see a \ on a chart and I immediately think ssk (you can draw an S out of a \). I see a / and immediately k2tog (you can draw a K out of a /, kind of).

I could not, for the life of me, see a y or a flipped y and think anything other than “crap, I have to look up the make ones again”…..and to be clear, I wasn’t having to look it up once a row. I was having to look it up for every. single. make one.

Finally, almost to the heel of the second sock I thought, “this is bat guano, there has to be a way to remember this” and I stopped knitting until I figured out the backwards y looks kind of like a B which tells me to pick up the ladder from the Back and knit through the front. (This is a M1R because the little line is off to the right.)
How to tell M1L from M1R in charts

The y looks like a backwards F so I need to pick up the ladder from the Front and knit through the back. (This is a M1L because the little line is off to the left)

Then, I knit happily ever after.green socks


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