Monday, July 31, 2006
This is the first of a pair of Simply Lovely Lace socks from the Spring 2006 Interweave Knits. I used Gems Opal; since my gauge was different from that given, I experimented, first by adding more pattern repeats (the finished sock would have been too baggy), then by using the directions for the sock knit with Gems Pearl. For me that was just right.
The picture is fore-shortened, but these socks are anklets. I have twice as many rows in the foot portion of the sock as I do in the leg portion. And I have size 11 feet (and high arches--notice that one can see daylight under the back foot).
The lace pattern isn't difficult and is easily remembered. I did keep a row count; maybe that's just my need to keep track of where I am. I do pick up my knitting at odd moments. The leg portion of the second sock is two thirds complete. For this one I'm keeping a log of time spent knitting, wondering just how long it does take for me to knit a pair of socks. Right now it seems to be taking me 20 minutes to knit 4-5 rows, with one row being the lace pattern. What really slows me down is knitting into the back of some of the stitches as called for in the pattern. I can do this with speed when I'm using combination knitting, but not in this pattern.
I have Gems Pearl for another pair of these socks, but I'm wondering if I really want two pairs of lacey socks. Even with this pair, I'm thinking I need new shoes. Maybe I'm influenced by the photo in the magazine. Couldn't wear those heels, though.
Posted by slowknitter at 8:21 AM