After botching the first pair of Ravenclaw socks for Nikolai I had to make him a pair that actually fits.
So there you have it. Basic cuff-down sock on 50 sts. I stopped messing about with short-row heels and went back to the tried and true heel flap for these.
The stripe on the leg is the leftovers from his Halloween socks, and the one pink toe is where I ran out of yarn. These things happen, especially when knitting 3 pairs of socks from 100 gms of wool! A big thank you to Libby for the Ravenclaw yarn, I never imagined we all 3 would get socks from one ball!
And that brings us to the other FO. I couldn’t resist giving you a teaser while it was blocking, it’s too lovely not to share. So, without further ado I give you, the Kiri Shawl:
Started: October 26th, 2007 Finished: November 15th, 2007
Yarn is Knitpicks Wool of the Andes colorway Amber Heather. 5 skeins / 250 grams / 550 yds.
Needles: US sz. 10 / 6 mm 32″ circular needle but going back and forth.
Finished Size: 77 inches wingtip to wingtip, and about 38 inches from neck to point. Huge.
The time it took me to finish this project is completely different than the actual knitting time. I started this as a distraction from Fishtrap, and couldn’t order more yarn until Fishtrap was done. If you subtract all the time I spent dillydallying to finish Fishtrap and all the time waiting for my order to arrive, the knitting was completed over about 4 days.
Despite purling back very row I found this to be a very soothing and addicting project. When I had the yarn, this was the only thing I wanted to knit. The loose gauge, the lovely pattern, and the thick-ish wool all added up to the perfect relaxing TV-watching project.
Does this make me a lace knitter? I can’t decide. I loved how fast this knit up using worsted weight wool, but I think it could be maddenly slow with lace weight yarn and teensy needles. I just don’t know.
I wore this yesterday to Nikolai’s preschool and got lots of nice comments on it, even all bundled around my neck under a jacket. Either I have low-self esteem or I’m narcissistic, but hearing knitwear compliments from non-knitters is about one the best things out there.
What’s your favorite thing about being a knitter?