Fresh off the needles:
|Heidi's socks with more flowers |
from my dye garden, Dahlias this time.
Source: When I posted my first pair of Daylong Socks, Susan was still revising the pattern. Now, it is available for purchase, and she has published a toe-up version as well!
Materials: 1 skein of Sun Valley Fibers MCN Fingering in "Pansy" (The "C" in "MCN" stands for cashmere, and this is incredibly soft sock yarn!), US 1 needles.
Modifications: I added a cable to the k2, p2 ribbed pattern. For symmetry, I placed the cables a few stitches away from the outside edge of each foot, and reversed the cable on the second sock.
I wanted to make these socks special as a birthday gift for my friend Heidi who doesn't wear a lot of knit items. She lives and works in a warm climate as an aquarist, and her daily routine includes caring for a large shark tank. So when I went searching through my stitch dictionaries looking for that added touch, I was happy to find this simple, but pretty cable called "Riptide Wave". I thought it would be perfect for her socks.
|Don't you think the "Riptide Wave" cable is |
perfect for someone who works with sharks?
After I decided to knit these socks for Heidi, it took me months to actually get started on them. But once I cast on I took them everywhere with me, in order to finish them up quickly. I knit them at the bowling alley, at the batting cages, during a family movie marathon revisiting the Star Wars series, and while listening to an audio book that Heidi herself recommended to me: "A Clash of Kings" by George R. R. Martin. All in all, I think there is some seriously good mojo knit into these socks!
I got up early to finish the socks in time for FO Friday. I promised I would explain how I continued working the cable backwards after turning the Daylong Socks inside out to knit the "princess soles". But. now that I've gotten this far in the post, the chickens are squawking for their breakfast, and I need to work in the garden before it gets too hot outside. I will come back later to write a post about how to cable backwards for anyone who is interested in doing something similar. It's not as hard as you think!