Friday, August 31, 2007

Waving Lace at Dusk

I realize that I was absent from blogging for weeks on end, and then in the span of two days I posted my completed Thelonious socks and now the Waving Lace socks, but it's only because I want to get another "credit" for SAM4.

Pattern: Waving Lace by Evelyn A. Clark
Source: Favorite Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Risata in Dusk
Needles: Knit Picks 24" circular size 1.5 US (2.5 mm)

This is the first pattern I've knit from Favorite Socks, and I am more than pleased with the pattern. There's two options for the cuff, either a basic rib, or the designers scalloped edge. I obviously chose the later and I'm very pleased with the result. The waving lace pattern is comprised of 8 stitches over 20 rows, but it's very easy to memorize.

I ordered the Risata yarn the first week it was introduced by Knit Picks. I'm such a sucker for "new" yarn. The jury's still out on whether I like it or not though. It's not super squishy, or super soft, but I'm sure the nylon content will help these wear a lot better than my squishy soft socks too. I absolutely adore the color and this was a pleasant surprise because in my opinion, I've never been a huge fan of the Knit Picks colorways. After seeing their fall yarn lines though, I think they may have figured it out.

I lucked out and caught the Loopy Ewe sneak-up on Wednesday, so I was able to acquire a few new items for my stash, but you'll have to wait until they arrive for the details. I also decided to hop on over to Amazon.com and pick up Cat's latest book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I blame this purchase solely on the influence of Judy's blog posts taunting me with the fabulous-ness of the book.

I'm halfway through the Twisted Flower socks and I must admit that if you cannot devote full concentration to this pattern, do not purchase it. I'll go into more details why when I post the finished socks, but I will say this ... I love them!

My mystery stole is completely finished and a blog post will come soon regarding that. Thanks to everyone who submitted suggestions for what cardi to knit with my new Skye Tweed yarn. For now, I've purchased the ChicKnits Ariann pattern and will be swatching soon to see if it will work. I think my biggest problem is I didn't purchase enough skeins to knit most of the patterns I wanted, but I have been eyeing Ariann for awhile now, so maybe it was meant to be.

Have any of you signed up for the Secret of the Stole KAL? I loved the Mystery Stole KAL, but am unsure of signing up for a secret stole KAL when I've not seen any previous stole designs from the designer. What do you think?

15 comments:

jillian said...

Those are beautiful! I love Favorite Socks, but have I yet to knit one pattern from it? Nope. Too many patterns! I'm getting to the end of Ariann today and I am really living it. I started a swatch in Skye Tweed and for some reason I was thinking it was more aran weight (16ish sts) than worsted! It would be a beautiful Ariann!

tiennie said...

Love how these turned out!!

flutter said...

So so very yummy, girl.

Dave said...

Wow, what a great colour that Dusk is ... and it shows that pattern wonderfully. Excellent socks !!

Emma said...

Such a pretty color. And the Twisted Flower looks lovely. I really want to make that pattern, but I am kind of intimidated!

Micki said...

Fantastic socks! Yours look better than the ones on the cover of the book.

Your Twisted Flower sock is looking amazing too. That pattern has been in my queue for a while, and seeing your version has made me want to drop everything and start knitting it. :)

Judy said...

Gorgeous socks -- both pairs! I really like the colorway you chose for the Waving Lace socks. Just perfect. And the Twisted Flowers are yummy.

Let me know what you think of Cat's book. She has a strange mind. :-)

abby said...

The Waving Lace socks are really lovely! I like that you chose a water-ish color for them.

The Twisted Flowers are really stunning. I think you did the knitting community a great service with your PSA about needing peace and quiet to knit them!

Kathy said...

Lovely lovely waving lace and color. Beautifully knit and worn and photographed.

Carole Knits said...

All your new socks are wonderful. It's great to see you posting again.

pat said...

I love your beautiful blue Waving Lace socks! (my favorite in the book, but I haven't knit them yet)
I think I'm going to take a break from stole KALs, but the Secret of the Stole sounds intriguing....

Yarn It said...

You are just the queen of socks! Both pairs look great. I really love the twisted flower pattern. Very pretty!

I will check out the new stole KAL. I am not sure if I am up for another right now though.

Hasbu said...

Wavng Lace socks is a great pattern and your colorway is just beautiful. The Twisted Flowers are going to be beautiful, but they do look like a lot of work.

Laura said...

You know I love those socks, gf. Question, though: does the book reference the issue the pattern originally appeared in?

The idea of another mystery, or secret, stole is great. I only see one other item Nautical Knitter has designed, and it's a heating pad cover. The stole might be awesome, but it's hard to say as yet. Can always sign up and decide not to knit it later...

slyn said...

I love those socks! They are so beautiful, also the Twisted Flower looks incredibly difficult, can't wait to see them finished!