Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Is it wrong that in my head, the name of this pattern is sung like the Madonna song (yes, I'm THAT old)?

Anyhow, the pattern is Holidazed by the lovely Anne Hanson of Knitspot and was the final pattern of the 2008 Rockin' Sock Club. Yay me, I did them all! Well, the last one was completed in 2009, but it was started in '08 and finished before the first kit of '09 arrived so I pass.

The yarn was mediumweight (I'm becoming a convert, they're so warm!) in the colour, Muddy Autumn Rainbow.

Something about the dying technique used for this one makes each hank a little bit different. Interesting.

I really enjoyed the colours of this one. So pretty and not too bright, and it didn't stripe either!

The socks should have taken a lot less time to knit, why can't I just stick to one project until it's done? The pattern was quick and easy and it was mediumweight, so less stitches. When I did pick them up, I got a lot done in a short amount of time.

It's a pretty diagonal rib, I didn't really memorize the pattern, I could do each row after looking at the chart to see where to start. Had I paid a bit more attention, I'm sure I could have figured it out and not had to use the chart anymore.

I love the look of gussets, if you haven't been able to tell by the pictures I always take. I just really like the way the two sets of stiches come together. A little pattern note here though, after turning the heel and beginning knitting the top of the foot again, start the chart on stich 5. Or, alternately, knit the heel flap on the second half of the stitches. This was not mentioned in the pattern.

I knit the medium on 2.25mm and did the leg to the recommended length, which turned out to be 3 repeats plus 8 rows. I did have a disappointingly large ball of yarn left when I finished and probably could have done another full repeat, if not 2 on each leg. Next time, right?

What else I'm working on: The CPH is getting closer, all the individual pieces are knit and blocked and I'm working on the hood. I'm also doing a Fiddlehead scarf, also by Anne Hanson, for my SIL's 40th birthday, which is today. Fortunately (for them anyway!) they are in Turks and Caicos at the momment. I'm hoping to have it done by Wednesday so I can get it in the mail by the end of the week. It's all about the scarf right now.

Have a good week!



Heather said...

Oh gosh! I swear, I need to sign up for this club someday!

That yarn looks absolutely wonderful! Also the pattern is... at first interesting... but as you look at it more closely, it becomes beautiful, especially with the yarn color/choice.

Wonderful job!

tiennie said...

It's very pretty! I think I may need to knit these up. :)

Kristy said...

Pretty socks, and congrats on knitting every kit!