So it’s been over a month since I last posted. I knew it had been a while but I hadn’t realised it was that long. To be honest, work got a bit much and I was feeling pretty depressed and it was enough work just looking after myself, without adding knitting / sewing / blogging into that. I’m a bit better now, and i’ve actually done some knitting, so i’m here to share.
I cast on some new socks, even though I have loads on the go, and even though I need to finish other things, because I wanted to. I fancied knitting and I didn’t want to knit anything that i’d already started, so I started something new.
On Ravelry there is a group called “Sock Knitters Anonymous” and every month they have a challenge to knit a particular type of sock. This Month the challenge is “under appreciated pattern” and the idea is to choose a pattern on Ravelry that has less that 15 projects, and knit it to showcase socks that not many people have made. Literally thousands of peoplehave made some of the most popular patterns, so this challenge makes you look for something different. I like the idea of this challenge, so I decided to go for it and knit Matchstick Socks, which I thought would be an ideal pattern for some of the busier yarns in my stash.
This is the yarn, Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino which I bought in 2007 (eek) from the now closed but never forgotton, Stash Yarns which was in Putney. I bought this when I first moved to London and saw Koigu for the first time, having read about it online. It is still one of my favourite yarns to knit with. I have lots more of it, all of a similar vintage… The sock looks like this:
Well, I say that the sock looks like this but after some concerted knitting time over the last two days, it is now considerably longer than this. I am knitting these socks toe up because the pattern is written that way, and because Koigu is not overly generous on yardage and it will be good to makes these socks as long as possible to make the most of the yarn. I usually hate toe up socks because although I can knit short row heels and toes (quite well, I must say) I hate doing so. This toe uses Judy’s Magic Cast On, which lives up to it’s name and just makes toe up seem effortless. Instead of the short row heel called for in the pattern, I intend to knit a toe up heel flap, using instructions from the internet. This may or may not be a good idea, we’ll see.