Monday, July 07, 2008

Treads


I finished the Treads socks this morning. I'm not sure what I think.

I liked working with the yarn (roughly 45% wool, 45% cotton and 10% chemicals), but I just wasn't jazzed about the construction. I've probably complained about this before. Working double-wrapped heels in top-down construction wasn't bad, but working the toe the same way was weird. I got weird bulges around the sides of my toe knuckles (call me, Oprah -- I can set you up!) and I didn't fancy doing Kitchener stitch over 36 stitches across the soles.

But I did. The kicker is I didn't have to. I could have done a normal toe and I would have been much happier with these socks. But I can be a bit of a slave to the pattern, sometimes. Knitting is all about branching out, right? True, but sometime you have to know when to say, "no." This was one of those occasions.

Still waiting on some back-ordered yarn to get started on the piano bench cushion I want to make. This is taking forever. I went by Gauge yesterday and found that they had just ordered some Euroflax in the color I'm waiting on. They've got my email, and if it gets here before the back-ordered stuff ships, I'm canceling with the back-order lady. Enough is enough. It's been six weeks!


I engaged in a little retail therapy while knitting at The Knitting Nest on Saturday morning. Stacy had just received a shipment of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the colorway Franklin's Panopticon -- part of their new line of colorways based on famous bloggers.

I consider myself a bit color-challenged. I'm not color blind, but I don't trust my instincts when it comes to matching colors. I like this, though. Some bright colors to take me out of my comfort zone, but mixed with enough soothing beiges and browns to keep my from hyperventilating. See this post at Franklin's blog for some insight into how this colorway came about. Can't wait to see what this looks like all knit up.

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