Before knitting camp this year, Kylie, Bells and I decided we'd do our own little Cauchy KAL, all casting on these socks at camp.
Well, Kylie won the race, and I've come in second.
Pattern: Cauchy, from Sock Innovation by Cookie a. I wonder if there was a more highly anticipated sock book than this one? I think my sense of anticipation slightly ruined the final product. While the patterns are, on the whole, very good, for me they are not great. Not as superfantastic as many of her individually available (free or otherwise) patterns. Not that I'm complaining - I'm sure I'll be making more of the socks from this book in the future.
As we all were making the socks for the men in our lives, we modified the 60 stitch pattern by adding an extra stitch per repeat (for a total of 66 stitches). We decided to add it at the end of the repeat, so there would be an extra stocking stitch in the "gutter" - this meant we didn't have to add extra rows to the length of the pattern repeat (already a 28 row repeat, albeit an easy one to follow).
Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot sock yarn in Moose Creek. I got this from a destash a few years ago, thinking it was a good "manly" colour. I love this yarn, particularly in this colour! Very nice to knit with, and the colours in the skein, and in the final knitted piece, are just gorgeous - ranging from browns to blues to greens to burgundy, no pooling at all. Just a lovely muted fabric. Of course, I cannot capture this adequately in photos, but it's a colour I'm so tempted to get for myself to make a jumper from, just gorgeous.
Although it's probably not the best yarn for the pattern. As the pattern's detail is in the texture, a smooth yarn, in a solid colour, would have worked best.
Sticks: 2.5mm KP Harmony dpns. Whilst I love my dpns, I have to admit I should have thought a bit more about knitting with multicolour wooden needles and dark yarn, especially at night! Much easier during the daylight hours!
Time: 25 April 2009 - 31 May 2009. I was keen to finish these so I could start something else. And I have to admit, I also didn't want to come last in the race!
Of course, in the end husby came first, since he got a great new pair of socks!!