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May 11, 2007

Socks In the Air

The wind has changed and I find socks swirling all around me.  I recently received my Sock Pal for Sockapalooza 4 -- sorry cannot tell you who, it's a secret -- and have been contemplating designs and yarn.  But before I begin Sockapalozzing in earnest, I have two delightful sock tasks to attend to.  First, on Sunday -- yep, Mother's Day -- I'm participating in Liz's Sock in a Day Challenge.  And second, I want to finish my Lenten Rose socks from Sundara's Petal Collection sock club.

Sundara's Petal Collection socks have been a joy to knit.  Not only is the yarn a pleasure to both look at and knit with, but Sundara's attention to detail is all too obvious in her well written patterns.  I know, I know that last sentence was filled with generalizations, so here are a few supporting specifics:

The stitch pattern looks complex, but is actually
a simple 8 stitch, 6 row repeat.

Sundara continued the slip-stitch heel flap pattern into the turning of the heel.
I've never seen this before and like it very much.

The gusset shaping is worked on the last (or first) 2 stitches on the needle instead of 1 stitch in.  This is the neatest gusset I've every worked, coincidence?  I think not!

The moral of my story:

The difference between a hand-knit and a hand-crafted item is in the details.

May 11, 2007 in Knit Along - Petals Collection, Project - Socks | Permalink


Is this a knee sock?-- it looks long. Let us know how it fits!

Posted by: Gretchen | May 11, 2007 9:20:25 AM

Knit a sock in one day? Insane. But I can't wait to watch :-)

Posted by: Kathy | May 11, 2007 9:48:59 AM

"The wind" as in Mary Poppins? One of my favorite cartoons shows two little street urchins in London, looking up at a figure in the air with an umbrella, who are saying in a cockney accent, "You can see strite up 'er dress."

Posted by: Mary K. IN Rockport | May 11, 2007 10:38:28 AM

Oh - I made those the minute we received the kit... and I wear them almost weekly! So beautiful! And, I'm wearing my finish bird of paradise socks today! I just love her designs.

Posted by: Cece | May 11, 2007 12:23:09 PM

You know I'm all about Sundara's yarn -- and her patterns always seem to have a small touch, like that gusset decrease, that just wows me.

Posted by: Jane | May 12, 2007 4:41:46 AM

The sl st heel turn is ingenious! I first saw it at Sundara's blog but have since noticed Nancy Bush does it also. I love it.

Posted by: Nora | May 12, 2007 2:02:58 PM

Gorgeous sock knitting; I've now bookmarked Sundara Yarn as a site to explore, too. I've been a bit frustrated with my knitting lately; none of my projects are turning out right -- either due to my goofs or omissions/errors in the pattern (but, honestly, it's mostly me). I'm due for working on a beautifully written and well-documented pattern and will check this one out!

I'm also de-lurking to mention that although I don't comment often, I get such a kick out of reading your explorations of knitting. :o) I put a link to your blog in the sidebar of my own recently revived (long-neglected) knitblog, LoopyKnits.com. Hope you don't mind.

Heh-heh -- Freudian slip; at first, I typed "knotblog" when talking about mine.

Posted by: Carolyn B. | May 13, 2007 5:49:19 AM

Those are going to be so beautiful!

Posted by: Arleta | May 14, 2007 11:28:15 AM

Wow, that is very neat. I haven't seen the slipped stitch before, but it makes sense.

Posted by: Asaknitter | May 15, 2007 7:23:09 PM

Thank you for posting about Sundara's Yarn! What a find!

Now, I have a question for you - have you answered Question 17 yet? (Indulge me? go to my blog at http://fingersfancy.blogspot.com/2007/05/question-17-0507.html ) Thanks for your consideration!

Posted by: Ruth | May 17, 2007 12:43:30 PM

Hey, I'm at school, so I thought I'd give you and update on our computer. It should be only another week at the max before we are back up and running. Oops, the bell is going to ring, talk to you later.

Posted by: Kathryn | May 17, 2007 1:09:11 PM

I've been working on my Lenten Rose socks, too. I love the pattern - so simple, and so effective.

Posted by: Katie | May 18, 2007 5:40:49 AM

I do not usually post, but found the text value of this beautiful.

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