Here is the start of my Surf Sock (as always click any pic for a bigger image). The stitch pattern is a 3x2 slipped stitch rib that wiggles back and forth. I used k2tog or ssk to decrease and yarnovers to increase. Here the yarnovers are closed (ETA: purled through the back of the loop) on the next round. I'm not sure why I closed the yarnovers because my swatch was not that way.
Whatever. I am not feeling the love with this pattern stitch.
I loveLOVElove the yarn. It is surprisingly soft and wonderful to knit, so I don't want to waste it on a pattern that isn't clicking. I have sent Surf to its room to think about what it has done.
I am feeling the love from Florida. Debi and I have been emailing and getting to know each other (don't you love how knit blogs can bring people together?!). Somehow it was revealed that I have never knit on Trekking sock yarn. She offered to send me a skein and even offered a a handful of colorways for me to pick from. How could I turn down an offer like that? After seeing her beautiful Blackberry Waffle Socks, I selected the purple (#78). I love monochromatic and subtle colorways.
Imagine my surprise when I opened my mail last week to find not one, but two beautiful sock yarns. What a sweet and generous gift. She said that pictures don't do the multi-color skein (#28) justice. Boy is she right. It is full of so many colors. I had to make a swatch to see how it knits up.
So I am riding the wave that came in. The swatch turned into this sock. I am calling it the Debi Sock (oh, but, don't be fooled, I am keeping it for me). It uses her preferred cast-on (German twisted) and her very own mini flap and gusset yarnover short-row heel.
It was my first time using the German twisted cast-on and I like it quite a bit. It is very elastic and attractive.
The heel is nice too. Debi incorporates a small heel flap and gusset with the yo short-row heel. I am expecting a nice fit (it is still a little to early to tell). The yo short-row heel is another first for me. I followed the tutorial here.
I may have made the heel too pointy. I'll assess once the sock is further along and modify the second sock accordingly.
I love this yarn! I love the wild colors and the shortness of the color bursts. I know, I was just saying that I love monochromatic and subtle. I do, I do. I guess I love it all.
Happy sock, happy knitter.
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