September 15, 2005


Who was I to be skeptical that a sock only 50 sts around might be too small?
FridayHarbor 004.jpg
The garter stitch beginning to the wavy cuff is nicely stretchy. The front half of the sock is a lace panel down the front of the leg and instep; the back half of the sock is ribbing.
I've tinkered with Nancy Bush's chart --

* for the cuff, the chart calls for another 10 rows, knitting those double-decreases that form the shells where you had the lace ladders before, and vice versa. That just seemed too visually clunky for me.

* I've changed the ribbing to 3x2 so that the centers of the 3 knits line up with the centered double-decreases and the centers of the lace ladders. (This required me to add one stitch to the round, so my sock is 51 sts.)

* I've centered the main lace panel on the center lace ladder, so these lace motifs all line up. (Believe it or not, because of the 2x2 rib called for and the additional rows in the cuff, the main lace panel did not center on the motif on the cuff, if knitted according to the chart.) Although the sock is mostly in shadow in this photo, I think you can see what I'm getting at, here:
FridayHarbor 002.jpg
Everything is centered, and the lace panel lines up with the lace ladder on the cuff.

Everyone says the Friday Harbor socks are a quick knit, and I agree! Again, the pattern is from Knitting on the Road, and I'm using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport.

And, in the I-Can-Resist-Everything-But-Temptation Department, yesterday I cast on for the Wrapped in Tradition poncho:
FridayHarbor 001.jpg
Photo shows two-and-a-little-more repeats of the Alpine Lace edging, in Kidsilk Haze. Have I ever mentioned how I love that Kidsilk Haze?

Posted by Karen at September 15, 2005 11:41 AM

I gotta say, ponchos do nuthin' for me, but that "Wrapped in Tradition?" Beautiful! Can't wait to see how yours progresses!

Posted by: Ryan at September 15, 2005 01:51 PM

Yeah - that Kidsilk Haze is some luscious stuff! "Poncho" sounds so clunky and heavy. I think this should have been called a "ponchlette".

Posted by: Jewel at September 15, 2005 07:09 PM

Karen: I really like what you've done with your modifications to this pattern! 300% improvement all around. In addition to the fact that my ankles are larger than yours, I wonder too if the length of the lacy sock top called for in the pattern isn't also a problem--I like how you've shortened it on your version. I'm looking forward to seeing the socks in person--are you bringing them to Guild? I'll bring mine if you bring yours...Mary

Posted by: Mary B at September 16, 2005 01:37 PM

Thanks for the votes of confidence, everyone.

Mary B -- I'll be sure to bring the sock-in-progress to Guild next Wednesday. (No guarantees that I'll have Sock #1 *completed* -- gasp!) Am very interested to compare the two.

Posted by: Karen at September 16, 2005 03:56 PM