Saturday, 19 December 2009
Pattern: Pomatomus by Cookie A.
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Solid - Cranberry (2 skeins)
Needles: 2, 2.25, 2.5, 2.75 mm
I love these socks! They are pretty, warm and look great with my favourite boots. I bought the yarn almost a year ago, when I was struck by the urge to make kneehigh Pomatomuses (Pomatomi?). After I got it, it seemed to pretty to be turned into socks and I swatched for shawls and gloves but nothing worked. It disappeared into my stash, only to eventually be dug up again. This time the desire for kneehighs was too strong, and the yarn finally found its purpose. It's great to work with, and the variations in colour are so subtle. I'd love to have enough of this for a sweater!
I made quite a few changes to the pattern to be able to make the most of this gorgeous yarn. In fact, the only thing that comes from the pattern is the stitch pattern. I knit mine from the bottom up, with a gusset and heel inspired by Yarnissima's way of constructing them. Because I have fairly slim legs, I didn't have to increase for my calves. Instead I simply went up a needle size after a few repeats.
I used Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, which is totally true to its name! It's ridiculously simple - although I did get confused occasionaly with which direction I needed to do my yarnover in - and indeed suprisingly stretchy. I will be using this for all my stretchy edgings for now on!