Emily's the knitter, Clare's the spinner, and we both like cocktails!

Sunday, 28 January 2007

Cablenet Lilac

I decided I wanted to knit my Mum socks for her birthday (which was on Friday) a while ago - and started off with Eunny's Bayersche socks. I did like this, but struggled with the combination of lots of small needles and several charts next to each other of different lengths and cabling - also, decided it looked a bit overdone (when I did it - complicated for its own sake almost, perhaps because my gauge got tighter as I found it harder).
So I decided to frog and go for the cablenet socks from Knitty by Ariel Barton - happily knit in the same yarn I am using (Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock semi solid from Getknitted) which made life easier. I'm using new Clover bamboo DPNs, 2mm (whatever that is in US sizes) 16cm - a good length, not too long.

I'm very pleased with how it is going! I started with a yarnover type tubular cast-on - perhaps I should have done a twisted rib, but I didn't!

The silvery tube is the Woolworks socks-in-progress holder, a fantastic idea reproduced form 19th century versions. Works really well, enhances the portability of socks on dpns no end!

Talking of Getknitted (as I did a few paragraphs ago) I went to the opening day on Saturday 20th January. This is an on-line shop that has always had monthly open days in the warehouse - now it also has a VAST realworld shop, in Bristol (where, happily, my parents live). I went with my Mum and C's mum, and bought 2 skeins of koigu (in colour P118c lot 644 - shown here rather blurred in a soon-to-be-unravelled sock, I think. Also, one skein of Colinette Jitterbug in Bright Charcoal, which I'd had my eye on on-line. This is an 'easy-care' 100% merino sock yarn, 267m in 100g. Interestingly, it doesn't feel any thicker than Poshyarns wonderful Lucia sock yarn, which is 30% cashmere and 70% merino and is 360m to 100g. It'll be interesting to see how the jitterbug swatches - I might try it on 2.5mm first, though I usually use 2- 2.25mm for socks to make them wear better.


Anni said...

Lovely sock. Great colour. I was looking at the pattern earlier this evening. I love GK too. Been once for an open day and can't wait to visit their new shop. Live 3 hours away though. And they stock some of my felted bag patterns. Look out for Anni Design. And thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.

Shan said...

Interesting that you found Bayerische overcomplicated. I've been thinking of trying it but as I study the pattern I'm having second thoughts. It definitely falls into the "ever so much more so" category. As you say, "complicated for its own sake".

I have just finished my first Anemoi mitten as well, my first Xmas 2007 project, and funnily enough chose the same colours you did. Those mitts are so pretty - I like that you went fingerless.

Thanks for the comment on St Brigid and the Rogue side-shaping. It worked beautifully and I totally recommend it. I think the slightly-flared hem is the part of the jumper I've been complimented on most.