Isn’t it amazing when a pattern and yarn comes together in a perfect storm of knitting perfection. For me the combination of a sock designed with a vampire slayer in mind and a yarn that is delightfully bloody in color (if not in name) was just perfect.
It does seem fitting that I use one of the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Color club yarns with a Glenna C. pattern to make socks, as it was the March 2011 shipment of the club that inspired me to finally make socks. When the Marching On Socks, which paired Glenna C.’s fun bobble-y sock pattern with TFA Purple Label in a color that is perfectly named Clover arrived I realized that socks weren’t lame (and so ridiculous as SmartWool socks were the best thing going), but rather totally awesome little canvasses to try out amazing stitch patterns and to wear art every day. I remember reading Glenna’s blog post over a year ago where she talked about how her sock drawer was filled with handknit socks and how happy it made her, and I thought, how silly why would anyone want handknit socks when you could have a drawer full of SmartWool socks.
Now I know why. And I look forward to wearing my handknit socks every week, and at the rate I am going I will be replacing a good number of my SmartWools with handknit socks, which is very exciting.
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Project Name: Cranberry Juice Does a Slayer Good
Pattern: Staked by Glenna C. for the Indigodragonfly: Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination 1 Skein Club
- Shortened the leg, my calves are really quite large and I would rather err on the side of too short rather than too tall (and not able to stay up)
- One at a time Socks – And I need to get a second set of needles so I can at least work on them in parallel, getting one done and then having to start the second so didn’t work for me.
- Cable without cable needle – Not the first time for this skill but this one really solidified the skill for me. My fave tutorial is Glenna’s which you can check out here.
- Yarn: As always TFA Blue Label is TFA Blue Label, a good yarn in a great color. No pooling and a touch of attractive striping that doesn’t distract from the knitting.
- Pattern: A great pattern, there is a bit of a hiccup in the size L left foot chart but if you follow your gut (decreasing on the inside and increasing on the outside) everything works out exactly as it did for the right foot. I understand there are new charts in the works, so don’t be discouraged, just patient. I appreciated that Glenna had done a proper set of charts for each size (rather than greying out stitches to knit or not depending on size) and the full page of stitch info (including on how to cable without a cable needle). The file was quite a few pages but they all seemed useful. Also she made it for both Magic Loop/2 Circ knitters as well as DPN knitter, the best of both worlds.
Re-Knit?: Probably not, so many socks so little time. When they wear out and I have gone through my queue they may pop up again.