Sunday, May 9, 2010
1) The Yarn. Socks That Rock Mediumweight is so sproingy and delicious to knit with, and it makes such wonderfully squishy socks that are just heaven to wear. They hug my feet warmly but not overwhelmingly so.
2) The Colorway. This one was great in the skein - all that pink and green was like a preppy dream, with little shots of sky blue that surprised me everytime it popped up in the knitting.
3) The Designer. Irishgirlieknits, aka Carrie Sullivan, posts on the Ravelry "Socks That Rawk" board and although I don't think I've ever had any personal dealings with her (or did I buy from her destash once? I forget), she is always so positive and friendly, and somehow it felt like "one of us" made the bigtime when her pattern came in the package. (I do realize I'm delusional if I think she and I run with the same crowd, but that is sort of the beauty of Ravelry - we *are* all a little community, regardless of location or ability or prestige!)
4) The Pattern Itself. Not only do I love the way it looks, but it was so much fun to knit! First off, the garter cuff, which was a welcome break to that inch of tedious ribbing that socks usually begin with. Then those adorable cables! Like little portholes, first a bunch of them with fun little garter stitch stripes, then down to four, all the way to the toe (almost - the pattern carries them all the way to the end, but I garbled that bit and ended up making a plain toe). I knit and knit and knit because I loved crossing the cables so much! I couldn't put them down until I'd crossed just one more.
Happily, we're having a chilly May so far here in Boston, so I should get the chance to wear these beauties a few times before it's too hot. And I see myself knitting this pattern again before too long. Irresistible!
Ravelry Link (this is a new thing, let's see if I can do it right)
Pattern: Slip Jig, from the March shipment of the 2010 Rockin' Sock Club. Pattern will be available for sale in March 2011 from the BMFA site.
Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock Mediumweight
Colorway: My Wild Irish Girlie, also available in March 2011 from BMFA
Yardage: approx 350
2010 so far:
Finished Objects: 11
Yards knit: 3020