Sunday, January 15, 2006

Ha! Wild Success!

So the Leaf and Tendril sock is a smashing success thus far. I was going to replace the heel called for in the pattern with something else, but I thought I would give this a try before ruling it out. The verdict is that I would definitely do it again this way.

I have completely turned the heel and am on my way up the leg. It looks fabulous (i.e. no holes) and it actually fits on the first try. I did get a bit confused when I was reading some of the directions, but I eventually figured out the right way to do it by the process of elimination.

I'm amazed at how well the leaves pop out. This is Wildfoot and is absolutely perfect for the pattern. So okay, I take it back. Not all toe-up socks with gusset increases are evil.

In other news, I have started the arm steeks for this:

I have about 10 more inches to knit, but the good news is that 14 inches are done, and that the rounds only get smaller as they go up the neckline. I had a mild steek panic attack the other day (that involved me thinking, "Oh my God! What if the stitches run and the steek doesn't hold?") but I think I'm over it. I don't have to cut for awhile, so I will see how I really feel about this once I finish the project.


Pumpkinmama said...

Both projects look wonderful. I just got the book that has that vest, and have been oggling it. I forget what yarn you're using for it - can you jog my memory for me?

the fiddlin' fool said...


A - Catalina 60% baby alpaca, 40% pima cotton, color 2497
B - Debbie Bliss Merino DK, color 225608
C - Debbie Bliss Merino DK, color 225506
D - Debbie Bliss Merino DK, color 225604
E - Debbie Bliss Merino DK, color 225001
F - Debbie Bliss Merino DK, color 225607

I purchased 400g of A, and 100g each of B through F. I think the Debbie Bliss yarn has less yardage per gram, which is probably why you need a little bit more of them.

Thorny said...

Wow, the Leaf and Tendril socks look awesome!

And the vest is amazing! I'm in awe, really.

Sockbug said...

Wow! Both of them look great!

brooklyn tweed said...

the leaf and tendril pattern is really great! where did you get the pattern? i'd love to check it out.

the fiddlin' fool said...

The pattern is Cat Bordhi's Leaf and Tendril socks out of Socks Soar on Two Circulars. You should be able to pick it up pretty easily at your LYS, but it is also available online.