I’ve only been knitting in odd moments because life is really busy right now! I’m enjoying all of the busy-ness but will appreciate settling into a (new) routine in a month or two. All knitting lately has been on the Blackrose socks. They’re portable, so they’re the ones most likely to be at hand when a few spare minutes pop up.
I love the pattern because it’s easy, but it still holds enough interest to keep a sock knitter motivated! First, the lace pattern has only 4 “workhorse” rows but yields a satisfyingly complex-looking design. Second, the areas of stockinette show off the kettle-dyed yarn nicely. Here they are with both gussets just completed:
Here’s a closer peek at the decorative pattern:
I’ve struggled with short row heels in the past, so I substituted a heel of my own choosing for these socks. To add further to the interest, I tried an all-new stitch pattern for the heel flap:
This is from one of Barbara G. Walker’s stitch treasuries (surprise!) and it’s called the Fluted Fabric stitch. I thought it might serve as a nice heel stitch because, just like the traditional heel stitch, it’s a two row pattern which uses slipped stitches. I LOVE how it looks … and the coolest discovery is that the wrong side looks great too! I may even like it better than the right side … keep an eye open for this one in another pattern, ha ha!
I actually have two WIPs going. The other is a pair of hitherto-unmentioned legwarmers. I started it around Christmastime and haven’t gotten back to it lately. Maybe there will be pictures in the next post. Until then, see ya!