Saturday, March 10, 2007

Sock Fancy

I got tired of looking at the yarn of the Bomb Pop Socks, and I just needed to get away from them for a while. So, I cast on for a sock from a book I got for Christmas, Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns by Nancy Bush.

I chose the pattern for the "Gentleman's Fancy Sock." I liked the alligator-style pattern. It didn't look too difficult and it seemed like it would fit me. I've been knitting from Charlotte Schurch's book so much that this approach seemed a bit alien at first. This is the first sock I've ever knit that has decreases shaping the leg. It's strange to think of Victorian knitters (Bush pulls many of her patterns from a popular 19th century British needlework periodical) concerning themselves with the shapes of men's legs. The stereotype is that Victorians didn't think about such things at all -- which, of course, meant that that's all they thought about all the time. My legs are not what I would characterize as "shapely," but we'll see how it goes.

I'm using Knit Picks Essential Tweed for these. The tweedy bits are a little unnerving, popping up in odd patterns, sometimes deeply entwined in the main yarn, sometimes hanging off the side of the sock, barely attached. One extra large chunk I dubbed a "cancerous growth," although I learned at the knitter's meetup this morning that "slub" is the appropriate term for these tweedy bits.

On the ZimmerZipper sweater front, I'm still waiting for a chance to go out and buy a zipper. I'm hoping to drop the whole project off at the tailor's early next week.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I love the Gentleman's Fancy Sock! I wanted to make it once but the pattern was way off from my yarn and gauge and intended wearer's female feet, and rather than modifying it, I used a very similar stitch pattern from the Schurch book.

    I've had my eye on that tweed yarn, too - I'm anxious to hear more about it.