Friday, February 20, 2009
lion's mane socks
It's been a while since I've been here. I've been concentrating on lacy things this summer and have not done many socks. However, as things change in my life yet again, I'll be picking up more socks as I find them not only soothing and meditative but also very portable.
This is wool from Donyale It was a pleasure to knit and just look how evenly the stocking stitch knitted up. Easily seen on the foot. It's not a usual colour for me but I liked this as soon as I saw it. I have another lot of her sock wool, in teal colour. I'm still considering how I'll make these.
The plant is a kumara, sweet potato vine. I found one under the shelf in the pantry just before Christmas. It was sprouting, so as an experiment I planted it. It's grown very quickly and is attractive to look at, although I doubt f we'll get anything from it.
The insertion lace is the cat's paw print which I thought was appropriate for the name of the colour. It's a simple six row pattern over seven stitches and I added three rows between each pattern repeat. With just six rows, each repeat was quick to do and another repeat was quick to follow. Ive done shot row heels and toes many times but this time I pushed the sock through to the inside of the knitting and put the three needle bind off on the inside.
pass the slipped stitch over