Finally, the socks are done!
Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt
From the book Favorite Socks, and Interweave Knits, Winter 2005
Yarn: Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM)
Needles: US 1 / 2.25 mm
Colorway: I can’t read the writing on the ball band, but it’s a pretty mix of greens
Happiness factor: 9.5 out of 10
These socks were a treat to knit. The lacey leaf pattern was interesting enough so as not to become tedious, but not so difficult that I had to always consult the chart. I’m not sure I did the 1×1 rib cast on correctly, but it’s stretchy enough to fit over my heel and it looks pretty, so I’m not concerned about it. The star toe construction was new to me, and I think it really makes the socks look unique. The yarn was super nice to work with, except for the little critter problem I had. Skein #2 had 4 breaks in it because some little critter was hungry. I really hate sewing in ends.
The only real modification I made was the part after turning the heel. The pattern says “Cut yarn”. Huh? This step is totally unnecessary and completely avoidable. What you do is work the heel as written until 18 sts remain. Then instead of (cringe) cutting the yarn, just work back over those 18 sts. This will get you to the heel flap. Then pick up the correct number of sts specified in the pattern, but just remember you’re starting on the other side of the heel flap. To do the gusset decreases, switch the order by working the K2tog side first, then work the SSK side second. That’s it. The day is saved!
The reason I gave it 9.5 out of 10 for happiness is because 1) my yarn got eaten and I hate sewing in all those ends, and 2) I think I should have used a single color yarn, not variegated. It would have been easier to see the leafy lace pattern that way. But the overall pattern is great. Now I just need to figure out what to wear with these socks.
Other news, I’m doing another design for JCA yarns Fall 2009. I sent in a swatch and sketch before the holidays and just got word that it was accepted! I should be receiving the yarn any day now. Then the real work begins… Wish me luck!