I'm a little sad to be done with these socks now. They had such a unique, calming effect on me when I'd knit them. I started a new pair of socks but there isn't that same "....ahhhhh..." feeling.
Yarn - Cherry Tree Hill Special, colorway Cosmic Dawn
Pattern - my own, another adapted from the Japanese stitch dictionary
Needles - size 1, 2.25 mm
Method - toe-up, short row heel, one at a time, Magic Loop
This was my first time using Cherry Tree Hill yarn and I loved it so much I ordered a few more skeins before this pair was even finished. I wanted to try this pattern on a multi-colored yarn because I thought it would be great for breaking up pooling. It turned out to be super easy to memorize and doing the slip stitches was entertaining. The yarn overs aren't as visible as I wanted, but I like the little slip stitch bridges across the foot.
These socks reminded me that I kind of hate short row heels. While working on the second pari, on the second half of the heel where you are picking up double wraps, a stitch slipped off the needle. It was a disaster and I had to tink back most of the heel. Even so, both heels look sloppy to me. I'm back to my faithful gusset & heel flap from now on.
The Dream in Color sweater has a finished body now and part of a sleeve. The sleeves go soooo much faster than the body and I'm pleased to see that it's unlikely that I'll run short of yarn. I did notice that a weird bit of pooling occured in the body and there's sort of a Chinatown Apple colored lightning bolt on my belly. But I do not care enough to do anything about it and prefer to think that I will start a trend.
I dug deep, deep into the stash for this new pair of socks and emerged with Perchance to Knit sock yarn in Pale Spring Rose.
It seems like the perfect time of year for this colorway. I bought this the second time that I ordered from the Loopy Ewe, back in March of '07. Holy crap, was it only a year ago that I started my sock yarn stash in earnest? Heeeheee...I can remember when I could fit all my sock yarn in one bin under the bed. That was so cute.
I don't have any actual pale spring roses in my yard, but that skein matches my azaleas pretty well.