Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Koigu socks at long last

I wasn't sure if I had blogged these socks before, I couldn't recall writing about them. A check of the archives (March) has a mention that I did some knitting with the following photo (dated Feb 28). The socks are the Riverbed Socks byCat Bordhi.

I finished the one sock and then finished the pair of Hedera socks (and that took months) before starting the second sock. I was just glad that I carefully put all the magic numbers down on a postit note inside the book, otherwise, well I wouldn't have remembered what toe I did.

The heel took a couple of attempts on the second sock. I don't know what I was doing with my short rows on the first attempt but I was using 3/4 of the stitches before I looked at it closely and realized that I wasn't knitting a heel at all, but some other weird shape. Attempt #2 on the second sock went better. I then looked at the first sock and thought it looked funny - it wasn't the heel fault this time but a problem with the instep stitches.

Finishing the second heel, I ripped the first heel back (I made the sock too long and the heel too high) and then finished the socks in tandem.

I added some blue Koigu PPM that I had left over from entrelac socks to prevent these from being ankle socks. Even with that addition they aren't very tall.
This is also a case of very different skeins from the same dye lot. I bought the two skeins of black KPPPM at the same time, and they have the same dyelot number on them. I don't remember there being a huge difference in the look of the skeins. However as you can see when they are knitted up there is a huge difference in the amount of white in the two yarns. It doesn't matter they still fit Ali's feet (which is good since they were intended for him).

Project details:
Yarn: Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino P345-33 - 2 skeins + some of a third
Needles: 2.25 mm
Pattern: Riverbed Master Sock with a whirl pool toe.
Master Numbers and such on the Ravelry page.

1 comment:

Julia in KW said...

Tell me about your sock blockers? I am looking for more, but am having a hard time finding some that don't cost an arm and a leg...j