Finally I have finished the Baudelaire socks. They feel like they took forever, actually I started them around the time that we started this blog back in early December. Here’s a few views: the one with the white background is to give a better idea of the deep, rich red color (from Sundara Yarns), the others are to give you a sense of the pattern. In particular I like the side cable between the front and back panel on the leg.
This pattern was something new for me–I have never made a toe-up sock as I mentioned in a previous post–and had a lot of interesting details. In particular, the side cable was made by knitting into four stitches without dropping any off the needle and then knitting into the back of those same stitches to increase four stitches. Pretty neat. (Pretty tricky too, but you only have to do it four times in total, two for each sock).
While I can’t say I’m looking forward to wearing these (as it likely means it is snowing again and I am in the snowboots), I do really love these socks.
And, in an attempt to use up more yarn, socks for my husband. The white is leftover from the ill-fated baby norgi sweater, the red from a pair of socks that I couldn’t stand making with this particular yarn (it was too slippery for the twisted stitch pattern I attempted), and the other colors are odds and ends. I’m really trying to work through the yarn I’ve amassed rather than buy more. Hence, the possibly overly-loud (or at least unseasonably Christmassy) color combo. These socks are the pattern for “Ilmar’s Socks” from Nancy Bush’s Folk Knitting in Estonia, one of my favorite knitting books–I think this is my 8th or 9th project from that book (which, in evidence thereof, is falling apart).
I only stated these Thursday night. How on earth are they going so much faster?