Saturday, June 13, 2009

Now We're Cooking with Charcoal

I finally finished the Kieler Sprotte socks. I can't believe it took this long. There just wasn't a lot of knitting time, I guess. But I love the way the socks turned out. They're gorgeous and comfortable:

And a closer shot:

Specs: Pattern: Kieler Sprotte, by Stephanie van der Linden, from the book Socken aus aller Welt, unfortunately still only available in German. Yarns used: Wollmeise sock, 100% superwash, in black and Sundara sock yarn in Violets. Pattern modifications: changed the top rib to a 2 x 2 rib, did short row heel on 33 stitches instead of 35.

I have several things I want to work on next. I decided I needed a plain stockinette sock to work on, so I chose a new Wollmeise color, Skandal um Rosie. It's a very contrasty variegated yarn, and I thought plain stockinette would be a good canvas for the yarn. Any stitch pattern would be lost in the wild color changes. I got out the yarn and opened it up. It looks very cool unwound:

I have another skein of this yarn, and I might try to make a pooling stole out of it - a stole where your stitch count matches 1/2 the length of the skein (i.e. half the circle), so that the color pooling symmetry that you see in the skein is maintained throughout the scarf. I've seen some really gorgeous pooling stoles using Wollmeise.

In the meantime, I cast on for the sock, using the large amounts of leftover black from the Kieler Sprotte socks for the contrasting toe:

Isn't that cool looking? I love how the yarn is striping. The heel and probably also the top ribbing will be in black, took, because I like the dark framing for these stripes. I'm further along than this picture shows, I just haven't gotten an updated photo yet.

I also want to start something lacy. I can't decide, though, whether I want another Ishbel, a Swallowtail, or whether I want to try to reverse-engineer the Shetland Triangle shawl. I don't have the pattern, but I think it would be pretty easy to recreate.

I don't know why I'm giving in to the startitis. School ends on Wednesday, which means that my knitting time will be even more curtailed. Maybe this means I ought to stick with Ishbel, which is pretty easy, until camp starts. Hmmm. Now all I need to do is pick the yarn...


kippi said...

Your sprotte's are wonderful! They make me want to try colorwork.

I had the exact same idea for the Skandal! Way down on my list of things to do though. Are you going to make these knee socks?

Sis leaves today. :-(. so sad for me.

Sharon said...

Socks and colors are both marvelous! My sock envy persists . . . . We're at countdown now. After all the studying this year, Jacob is now worried that he'll be bored without the usual workload. Good thing he started Werfel's "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh" this past weekend. At 852 pages, that should hold him until he leaves for camp next Tuesday.