Knitting Notes



Pattern: Barrow by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Beckon Merino in the Silver Bay colorway
Needles: Size 3 DPNs

What will probably be my final Sockdown socks for the year are done. These were done for the cable portion of the May challenge.

I really enjoyed this pattern. It looks way more complicated than it actually is, and it has the kind of longer pattern repeat I really enjoy. This one was also sized by switching needles sizes, so by making the larger size on larger needles, it felt like it was going really quickly.

I also liked the TIG Beckon yarn. It has the tendency to go between plusher and thinner stretches, which gives some interesting variety, and actually doesn’t really translate to the finished fabric, which still looked nicely even.

Because I’m crazy, I’ve cast on a lace shawl. I’m still in the beginning stages (frogged once this morning because I was knitting it waaaaay too tightly), so I’ll post more once I decide I actually think I can follow through and complete it.

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Knitting Notes


Barrow socks number one is done!

I’m definitely enjoying the pattern. It looks way more complicated than it really is, which is not to say it’s super easy, but it’s easy enough I can watch tv while working on it.

The Beckon sock yarn is interesting. It varies between a fairly thin and plumper strand width, which doesn’t show through in the final fabric that much, but gives some interesting variety while knitting along.

I’ve been plotting shawl patterns to start once sock #2 is done, which is giving me some good motivation to keep plugging away on the sock. Hopefully I can get this one done with a certain degree of speed.

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Work is progressing on my two current knitting projects. (I recently bought a laptop, so I have to confess to spending some of what is normally knitting time in front of the tv doing file clean up on the laptop instead.)

I don’t remember if I mentioned before, but I started on the Barrow socks as Magic Loop socks, but I only had a circular needle in that size with a 47″ cable, and that was driving me crazy, so I switched over to DPNs instead. I’ve been enjoying the pattern. It’s much less complicated than it looks, but still interesting, and this yarn has been nice to work with.


The Claudia hat is going well, but I’m now to the boring ribbing section before the crown, so I’ve basically just been doing a row at a time, here and there. Granted, I’m now pretty far away from the kind of weather necessary to wear this, so I’m not in any hurry to finish it.

I’m definitely holding off on starting any new projects until I can finish at least one of these, in the interests of keeping my knitting basket a little lighter.

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I’ve cast on my May Sockdown socks. The challenge this month is cabled socks (and a Cookie A mystery sock that I really want to do, but I’m going to be good and continue with the cleaning out Megan’s knitting basket theme and only do one pair of socks).

I’m doing Kristi Kapur’s Barrow socks, which I got for my first installment of the Three Irish Girls sock yarn club way back when. The pattern calls for knitting on two circs, so I’d been holding it in reserve for when I wanted to try circs. Since doing that magic loop class a couple months ago (yes, I know magic loop and knitting on two circs are different things), I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to trot the pattern out. I’m even using the Three Irish Girls Beckon sock yarn (Silver Bay colorway) that I got with the pattern. And it turns out the circs I have in the size I need have cables that are way too long. I mean, I would probably strangle myself trying to use them too long. So I’m doing this with DPNs, because I’ve been wanting to do this pattern for ages, and I’m not waiting any longer.

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Pattern: Lilac Socks by Jeanie Townsend
Yarn: Knitpicks Stroll in the Dusk Colorway
Needles: Size 2 DPNs

My second pair of March Sockdown socks are done! Unfortunately, these socks suffered in comparison to the other socks I did for March, both patternwise and yarnwise. I actually feel a little bad about that, because this is a good pattern, with a nice, longer pattern repeat, and good variation. As for the yarn, I suspect this yarn will wear much better, with less careful care, than the lovely silk stuff I used for my other March socks, so hopefully, I’ll be getting enjoyment out of these for a long while to come.

I’ve decided to take a break from the April Sockdown challenge. I have a number of patterns to choose from, but I’ve decided I need to make the rest of April “Clean out Megan’s knitting basket” month instead. I have the Haruaha scarf, which is pretty close to done, two hats worth of yarn, and the nearly completed Cable Swing Cardi to decide what to do with. I think the first priority will be the scarf, followed by the sweater. If nothing else, I need to decide if I’m brave enough to frog it back and try for some size modifications, or if I’m better off frogging it completely, and starting something new.

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Pattern: Belle Vittini (March SKA Mystery Sock) by Kristi Geraci
Size: M
Yarn: Tess’ Designer Yarns Peruvian Sock yarn
Needles: 1.5 DPNs

The March Mystery socks are done!

I had such a great time knitting these socks. The pattern wasn’t too difficult, but was varied enough to keep things interesting, and as I’ve mentioned many times before, I loved the yarn I was using. I loved the color, and the merino/silk/alpaca combination made it a joy to knit with. I’m definitely glad I spur of the moment decided to do this pattern, and saw this yarn hanging out in the top of the crate o’ yarn.

This leaves my Lilac Socks for me to finish my March Sockdown challenge work. I’m already a couple of pattern repeats into the leg, and those knit up relatively fast, so should come along quickly now that I don’t have the mystery socks distracting me.

I have ideas for April Sockdown patterns, but have not yet decided if I’ll be attempting any socks this month, after doing two for last month’s challenge. I’ll see how long it takes me to complete the second Lilac sock, and decide from there.

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Mystery Sock #1 is done! I don’t think I can add much more to what I’ve already said about how much I’m enjoying this sock, so I’ll leave it at that.

I’ve started the second Lilac Sock next. I figure I’ll at least get myself through the ribbing before I start on Mystery Sock #2. The Lilac Sock ribbing is a bit tedious, so I want to get through that before I have another sock to distract me.