Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Must Be Getting the Knack of This Whole Sock Business

I finally started knitting up the yarn that I dyed over at my sister Susan's way back in September. After I did the cuff I continued for a couple of inches in plain stockinette just to see how it would knit up. It wasn't too bad. My personal preference is for a longer colour strand, but for my first stab at dyeing yarn I was pretty pleased with myself. I even contemplated doing the whole sock in stockinette. I ripped back, though, as was my first intention.

So I dug out my one and only stitch dictionary and started leafing through it for some ideas. I came up with a simple knit, knit, wyf slip, slip, and so on and so on. I did this every other row, alternating the slipped stitches between the stockinette rows. I am on 2mm needles and I knit pretty tight.
Meanwhile, I was over on Ravelry the other day looking at suggestions for variegated yarn in the Data Base of Socks forum and I found a pattern that is exactly like what I was doing. It is the Crusoe pattern that was on Knitty. So I am pretty pleased with myself since I could figure out on my own what someone else thought was pattern worthy. I figure I must be getting the hang of this whole knitting thing then!

But I am still enough of a knitting idiot that I need visual aids even on a simple 3 (or 4, I guess) row pattern repeat.

8 comments:

Susan said...

Ooh, I want a little beaded counter like the one you're using on that sock! I could so use that.

Aunt Kathy said...

I love the pattern on those socks, nice job figuring that out. I wish I was more comfortable knitting socks, I do them but am not sure of myself at all.

Fiber Jewels said...

LOVE it!!! I think my next socks might be that stitch. I don't always like the "stripes" from hand-dyed yarns and this might be what I need for the sock yarn I picked up this past week!!!!

LizzieK8 said...

Very pretty! I love Crusoe and have made a couple pair of them!

Susan said...

Nice socks too by the way.

knitwych said...

Lovely! The colors and the stiches both! :-) I've got some Knit Picks yarn I bought to dye, but I haven't taken the plunge yet. Maybe after the holidays.

mtlaise said...

Just found your blog through Ravelry... I have to say that dye job is pretty sweet - first attempt or no - and it is a perfect match for that pattern. Great job!

Genuine said...

Very sweet---it looks like it would be a lovely firm fabric, too. The yarn reminds me of a summery sky.