Thursday, June 07, 2007

Here Comes Trouble

It's hot again! While the weather was cool I got almost a whole other repeat of the Frost Flowers and Leaves Shawl done. Three more to go, plus the finish off repeat, plus the edging. Carrie kindly added me to a knit along that she's having, but don't hold your breath sweetie. I'm taking my dear sweet time with this one. I'm really enjoying the process of knitting this shawl.

So yes, the heat has me looking at socks again. I've got the second sock for my tutorial knit to the heel turn:
I'm calling them cow socks since the colours remind me of a Hereford cow:

But the big plan is a half-baked idea for a funky sock. Last year at the Western Fair I won second place for a beautiful, traditional, Latvian sock. This year, the categories are exactly the same, which is very stupid, but there's nothing I can do now. Anyway, I want to rock this category. I want to blow them out of the water! I want a first place ribbon, dang it!

You know this is going to either drive me crazy or get me into trouble. Looks like trouble so far:

The idea is to put the graphic, intended for a bookmark, onto a sock. I've devised a clever plan that will allow me to avoid swatching, while still obtaining a good fit. Size as you go baby! My plan is to knit the center bookmark flat with a provisional cast on and slipped edges. Then I can knit a ribbed cuff in the round, followed by the key pattern using fair isle techniques. Next, join the panel to the cuff and knit the back of the leg plain, back and forth, joining it to the center panel as I go. This way, I can adjust the length easily to account for positioning the heel for optimum effect.

Sounds complicated? At least I've got it written down now!

I've decided to use Knit Picks Palette since the bright colors are exactly what's needed here.

Now I must screw my courage to the sticking point and begin.


  1. This is going to be fun to watch.

  2. oooohh . . . . i can't WAIT to see this. i have color-knitting envy, i must admit. i want to be a color knitter. i'm a stranded wannabe.

  3. Bookmark Socks! FUN!

    I like the Cow Sock..... I can just picture the cow wearing your cow socks....... that's funny.

    *** sorry if I have missed a few post... been out ill ***

  4. Sock-On sister! Does the sign over that cow say "Beer Expo" or "Beef Expo"? cuz I'm wondering what a cow is boing at a beer expo??

  5. I am confused! Confused, but excited to see the end product. :-)

  6. Great - Cow Socks!
    I will follow the 'bookmark' socks with great interest. You go girl!

  7. Bring on the bookmark. I want to see this happen. Forget about the sleeves on the Ford.

  8. Wow, that is amazing, the sock you're coming up with. Write down everything and sell/post the pattern, ay? Socks like that are rare indeed! Good luck with the fair.

    Everyone is concerned about finishing the shawl KAL. I admit this is my first knitalong, but I am all about the knitting process =) I didn't have an "ending" in mind! heehee

  9. I laughed out loud at the cow socks - you're so right, now that you've pointed it out they are exactly Hereford colors.

    I'm with Anne - a stranded wanna be. Your bookmark socks should be spectacular!

  10. I almost snorted my coffee when I got to the cow picture! Too funny!!

    I can't wait to see how the socks turn out. The graphic alone is stunning, but the construction sounds intriguing as well.