Lorraine commented yesterday:
Cromarty is almost there. Did you enjoy the cabling?
Almost . . . there . . . (gasp) . . .
But I’m betting it will take me the rest of the week to finish it. After the never-ending sleeve is done, I’ve still got all the sewing to do. And I have to knit the neckband. The neckband is done in 4 strips that are sewn into the square neck.
Did I enjoy the cabling? Yes and no.
I love cable knitting, the more complex the better. These cables are medium-complex, I’d say, and extraordinarily enjoyable to knit. And in the yarn I am using, Koigu Kersti, the cables “pop” beautifully.
I will never knit a cabled design in Kersti again. It is very splitty and the splittiness of the yarn has detracted from the enjoyment of the knitting to a pretty large extent. Which, I think, is why it is taking me longer than usual to knit it. On weeknights I toss it aside pretty quickly because I am tired and cranky and the splitting gets on my nerves.
But once it is done, I predict I will love it.
How long is it? It looks really short but I’m wondering if that’s just the angle of the photos.
It is short. According to the pattern, it’s 22 inches long. I haven’t measured my Cromarty yet, but it is probably very close to that. I plan on wearing Cromarty over a sleevless blank tank dress, so the shortness of it is not an issue. I promise I will not be wearing it with low-rise jeans so that my belly is hanging out. No one needs to see that. Eeeeek! I may have to gouge out my mind’s eye at the mere thought of it!
It’s a Monsoon!
I’ve completed the first Monsoon sock. If you want to see a photo, click on the link below.
And here it is inside-out (it’s a reversible pattern!):
And here’s how much yarn I had left over from the half skein I used for the first sock:
I used a US 0 for the foot (including heel and toe) and a US 2 for the cuff. I was planning to use a size 1, but decided to go up a size to make sure it would be stretchy enough to fit. And it does. Fit.
When you are commuting, where do you put the extra dpns. How are you storing the working needle during it’s non-knitting time.
I just jab the needle through the knitted fabric of the sock. I’ve always done this and have not lost a needle yet.
I’m not a big fan of pooling and I’m considering splitting the skein and working each sock alternating skeins to encourage as little pooling as possible. Have you done this before? Do you think it’s worth the effort? Looking at how the pattern knits up I’d probably be able to stop doing it once I reach the leg as the pooling seems to be happening only on the foot portion.
I am a fan of the pooling. So much so that I would never consider alternating skeins while knitting a sock. I am of the opinion that the variations you get when knitting a sock from handpainted yarn are part of the beauty of the process. I like letting the yarn do as it pleases. In fact, I prefer knitting with handpaints that pool rather than stripe — I find it much more entertaining to knit.
I’m really the only person who ever gets a good look at my socks while I’m wearing them, so I only have to please myself.
How is “Knit from your stash” coming along?
I’m doing fine. since the beginning of the year I’ve bought only sock yarn, and the yarn needed to complete a project that was knit predominantly from stash yarn. (remember the extra skein of Kidsilk Haze I needed to complete the Maltese Shawl?)
“I still hate the time change.”