June 25, 2009

Nordic Lights

These socks and I had a rough start, but we worked out our problem. The needles I was using (US #1) were too small and this sock was hard to make with the double points. I frogged it, switched to circular US #2 and the progress was quicker and less painful on my hands.

The front of the sock came out perfect, so far, anyway.

There was a goof up on the heel, but instead of obsess over it and since it will be inside of my shoe, I decided to forget it and move on. It's a glaring error to me and the urge to go back and fix it is overwhelming, but I'm moving on.

The pattern is from Janel Laidman's The Eclectic Sole. If you're a sock knitter, you really should have this book. The patterns are wonderful, the charts are easy to read (and I hate working from charts so that's quite an endorsement) and every sock is pretty. This is the first sock book I've gotten that I want to make almost every sock in it. If you knit socks and you don't have it - get it. If you have it already, get to work!

Moving right along, I'm sure you know about my desire to spin lace weight yarn and I gave it an honest go with a yarn which I shall not name (Dried Flowers). I failed to make lace weight with that, but my friend Sojourn Knitter gifted me a drop spindle and some fiber:

And during a 15 minute break at work today, I spun lace weight! Yay! I'm so tickled that I've been spinning every time I put the sock down. Everyone on Ravelry told me that nothing spins lace weight like a drop spindle, and they were right!

The spindle is so pretty. I'm going to spin lace with this until my arm falls off!

Well OK, I'm going to work on the socks before my arm falls off. But you should use your arm to buy Janel Laidman's book!

1 comment:

  1. wow - the lace weight (pic with dime) you spun looks great. not so knobby, very consistant and smooth looking. and if you ply it is it still lace weight or is it now fingering?