This is my third fair isle project. However, it’s my first fair isle sock and it certainly is challenging. Two things, the sock weight yarn and the colors I chose. Knitting with two hands is awkward enough. Throw in knitting English style, with thin yarn and this continental knitter really struggles.
I wanted to use my yellow Knit Picks stroll yarn. I love yellow and white. Although, I think it may be a bit too subtle. I’m having a difficult time telling the yellow from the white. My next may be blue and white.
Happy Cinco de Mayo
The pattern is fair isle flower sock by Candice Dewitt.
My third pair of socks this year will be a new technique for me. Last night at an impromptu knitting circle, one of the women taught me how to knit with two circular needles.
The plan is to start the toe with two circs, increase to sixty stitches total, then switch to my nine inch circs for the rest of the sock. I’m not sure which heel I will use. I’m thinking I may go with a gusset and German short row heel.
The yarns I intend to use are Knit Picks Stroll, Manos Del Uruguy Alegria ( just luscious) and Holda fiber by a local dyer.
The Knit Picks stroll is 75%superwash merino and 25% nylon. The Manos Alegria is 75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide. I no longer have the label for the Holda yarn. I believe it is also 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon
This is my first pair of socks for 2017. My goal is to knit at least 17 pairs in 2017. I also want to learn to knit socks cuff down and to learn two additional heel patterns. The fish lips kiss (I love the sound of that) and the sweet tomato heel.
The yarn I used for this project is Debbie Macomber Blossom Street in the Plum colorway. I love this yarn. Wool, angora and nylon. Ahhh, ❤💙💚
The pattern is Lamaisonrililie’s toe up version of Hermione’s Everyday Sock.
I have been using my 9″ circulars for sock knitting for a minute now. The verdict is a definite yay. Although it took a little while to become accustomed to them, I’m glad I stuck with it. My hands were sore and felt so awkward at first. Once I loosened up my grip, they were fine. I alternate my grip from having my thumb close up to the tips or a little further back on the fabric
People who use them say it helps them knit faster because there is less adjusting than there is with double points or with the Magic loop method. I’m not sure if I knit faster or not. I just know I’m used to them and I prefer them to the Magic loop method.
I still use my longer circs to start the toe and I also use them if I’m knitting socks two at a time.
I purchased mine on Amazon.com after first checking with two of my local yarn stores. If you decide to try them, give them a fair shot. Try more than one project before giving up on them.
This Summer, I bought this wonderful hank of yarn at Long Island Livestock. It’s 80% Suri llama, 10% icicle and 20% silk. I am now on the hunt for a special sock pattern. I’m looking through my Socks from the toe up book by Wendy D Johnson, and I came across a beautiful Gansey pattern I want to try. Now it’s all about the Gansey.
My friend Bob was visiting and saw me knitting a sock. He asked me to knit him a pair. Sure, I said. What color? My heart skipped a beat when he said “black”. I remember a tip I got from an experienced knitter in my group. She said, when you’re learning something new, a stitch, a technique, whatever, do not use a dark colored yarn.
So, black yarn on size 2 needles scared me. My knitting buddies said ” just say no”. I knew I couldn’t do that. This was for my good friend Bob. Anyway, I love to challenge myself.
My other half and I I went out on a Sunday to buy some yarn. We went to Holda Fiber Arts located at 4468 Middle Country Rd in Calverton. I wound up buying a gray wool yarn that Jen (the proprietor) dyed herself. I also picked up Regia’s pairfect sock yarn. That’s the yarn that guarantees both socks will knit up identically. Cannot wait to use it.