This week, I've decided, is all about the FO. Partly because I have finished a couple of things, and also because I remembered I haven't posted these socks yet - so here we go - get ready for a big one later this week (I'm pretty excited about it!)
Pattern: Hedera by Cookie A, a freebie on Knitty - I decided to do this pattern in preparation for the release of Cookie A's new sock book (which I had pre-ordered on Amazon). I think it works quite nicely with a semi-solid or lightly variegated yarn. I didn't love the pattern at first, but I soon got into the swing of it. And when I finished them, I tried them on before blocking and I didn't want to take them off!
Yarn: Sundara sock yarn in Grey over Rose, a lovely generous gift from some MadMad person! My only ever Sundara sock yarn - really nice to knit with, quite similar to Koigu in the way it is twisted I thought. Very soft and lovely, a joy to knit with.
Sticks: 2.75mm KP Harmony magic loop. I went up a stick size as Cookie A patterns are quite small (I think) - for me, 60 stitches on 2.5mm sticks are for people with legs a whole lot thinner than anyone I know!! Especially with the twisted rib, which I love the look of, but which does make it a bit less stretchy.
Time: 13 February 2009 - 29 March 2009
Modifications: I made the heel flap about 8 rows shorter than suggested - unless I was reading the pattern wrong, it asked for a 46 row heel flap, which seemed way too long for me. I think I did 38 rows. I also continued the twisted stitch on either side of the top of the foot pattern, all the way down to the toe shaping.
What I learnt: Interestingly, I really noticed in these socks that a YO between knit and a purl stitch (where the pencil is pointing below) tend to be a lot larger than a YO between two knit stitches. At the same time as I was knitting these, I happened to see an episode of Knitty Gritty featuring Cookie A (knitting a different pattern) and she talked about this very issue!
To avoid it, she suggested not doing the YO when it is between the knit and purl stitch, but rather, doing a lifted bar m1 on the next row, where the YO should be. It still makes a hole, but of a similar size to a regular YO between knit stitches. As I'd already half done the socks, I didn't do it this way, except for one time when I forgot the YO, and so did a m1 next row - and she is right (but of course!) - it does look more even! So a nice little tip, if you care about the relative size of your YOs!
I'm really so very happy with how these socks turned out - very special socks indeed!