How did we get to May 9th already without discussing sock plans?!
May Sock Goals:
- Maia socks (80% done)
- Gone Fishin’ socks (75% done)
- Lunacy! socks (1% done)
- new sock design?
Appropriately, the first pair I’m aiming to finish this month was the May shipment of the 2011 BMFA Rockin’ Sock Club:
|STR Lightweight, colorway Maia (which means May)|
The pattern is Transition Point by Star Athena. It’s a more complicated sock than I’ve been knitting recently, I have to keep referring to the charts, which is why these have been on the needles for a full year! I usually like my sock patterns to be easy to memorize, but I couldn’t resist this one. There are twisted stitches and cables that travel all over the sock and seed stitch gives it a neat textural look. I think seed stitch (that bumpy looking part, for those who don’t know) tends to be underutilized, especially in sock patterns. I like the look! The best part of these socks is that they’re nearly done! That’s the second one of the pair. 🙂
The next up for finishing are my Gone Fishin’ socks:
|STR Mediumweight, colorway On Blueberry Hill|
This my own (free!) pattern, Ribby Holiday Socks, modified for sport-weight yarn. I will be updating the pattern to include this new sizing information. I’m learning a lot as I go with this whole designing thing, hopefully the patterns will keep improving with experience! I’ll be on the boat for the rest of the week so I should be able to bang these out fairly quickly, as this is the second of the pair, as well.
Finally, I made a teensy tiny start to my Lunacy! socks:
|STR Lightweight, colorway Lunasea|
Not sure if I’ll finish them this month but they’re still on my radar. This is the Dusty Corners pattern by Linda Welch that I’m knitting for a KAL (knit-along) in the Socks that Rawk!! group on Ravelry. Come join us, if you’re so inclined. It remains to be seen whether this pattern will be good boat/travel knitting or not. It involves some lacework and little 1-over-2 cables every other round for the whole sock… definitely need to cable without a cable needle on this one, or it would take forever!
Hmmm… that’s an awful lot of STR on the needles! Clearly, it’s my favorite yarn for socks. I love the colors, the feel of the wool, the twist, the weight, the drape, the stitch definition… and they hold up fairly well. I’ve had to mend a few socks but I don’t mind that so much. It’s worth it to me for a pleasurable knitting experience and result. What’s your favorite sock yarn? Why?
Wish I could get STR yarn at my LYS. I don't have a favorite yet, simply because I keep trying new types. I really like your first pair, it does look complex, but oh so pretty!
STR only sells at 1 or 2 local yarn stores, it's almost all online. You should give them a try! There are a lot of destashes on Ravelry, as well.