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Pollyanna and the Potawamie … PommyTommy … Potimoni … Cookie A Socks

Hey, Anna-Liza here. Just finished the Pomatomus socks, the Cookie A pattern from Knitty.com’s Winter 2005 issue. I actually started them in April of 2008, intermittently made great progress, then put them aside for some forgotten reason at some point … can’t even remember when, exactly. I had already turned the heel on the second sock!

I finished some other projects for other people recently and really wanted to work on something for myself. I also want to keep whittling down my UFOs, either by deciding to frog them or actually finishing them (gasp!), so I picked these up again. I was afraid I’d put them in time out for some insoluble problem, but I couldn’t find anything wrong! I couldn’t even find a dropped stitch (and believe me, in this pattern, a dropped stitch is a major deal).

So I finished them. And they are beautiful! See?

Not my feet, darlings, the socks. The details are on Ravelry. If you’re not a Raveler, the yarn is Zitron Trekking Pro Natura in colorway 1604. Such an evocative color name, is it not? Anyway, Trekking Pro Natura is made with 75% superwash wool and 25% actual bamboo fiber, not processed bamboo pulp. Better environmentally and, I hear, better durability, as well.

I love love love the way these turned out. This is the first project for which I’ve used the Pro Natura, so we’ll have to see how well it wears and how comfortable it is for a full day’s wear. So far, so good!

I’ve got a Baby Surprise Jacket on the needles for Wee Sprite, using some pink and green mystery sportweight I had in my stash. (You can buy the pattern, updated and with extensive notes and photos, at Schoolhouse Press). I’ve also got a couple of half-done projects for other people, but what am I actually working on? This:

That gorgeous yarn is Plain and Fancy’s sportweight singles in Turquoise and Brown. (They don’t have a website, but this blog post shows a good picture of this yarn in another colorway).

You know what? I don’t even feel a teensy bit guilty.


Pollyanna and the Cavalcade of Socks

Anna-Liza here.

A couple of years ago, when I decided it was time to learn about socks, I really didn’t envision it becoming quite the addiction that is has. (Sub-addiction?) After all, I figured learning to knit socks would give me some new skills and a small canvas kind of project to try things out on. I can always use another pair of socks, whereas there does come a time when one more scarf seems rather pointless. And the number of people I’ll give knitted gifts to is a bit limited. So really, learning sock construction was entirely motivated by practical reasons.

But here I am, with nine completed pairs of socks and oh, let’s see, two in active rotation on the needles, plus a pair of toe-ups I have no good reason not to finish, a pair I frogged and will have to forgive the pattern or find another for that particular yarn, and … I don’t want to say how many skeins of sock yarn in the stash. Because I would have to actually know how many skeins there are before I could tell you. But I just picked up two skeins of Araucania handpainted to add to it. (Hey, a sub-stash!) So I think it’s maybe gone beyond the strictly practical. Especially since both active pairs are lace, and at least one of the completed pairs is lace. Yeah, lace socks–strictly practical. Really.

The nine completed pairs include five pairs for the kids and four for me. One of mine, the cabled socks, I’ve never worn. Immediately after I finished them, I managed to lose one. I know it’s in the house, and I’ve narrowed down where it really has to be … mixed in with all the seasonal and outgrown clothes in several large plastic boxes. I’ll find it someday. (Someday my sock will come … someday I’ll find the one, and how thrilling that moment will be, when the sock of my dreams comes to me …)

I’m down to the gusset on the second Pomatomous sock. I have yet to take a single photo, but they’re turning out bee-yoooouuu-tifully in the Trekking Pro Natura bamboo/wool blend. It’s about as perfect a match of yarn to pattern as I’ve ever had. I got sort of stuck when, just when I was about to pick up the gusset stitches, I lost the pattern. I wasn’t near a computer when I discovered it was missing, but I have printed out another and am working away on them again. Hooray for modern technology! And this is why I always make two working photocopies when I’m doing a pattern from a book or magazine. (Yes, that is legal under fair use, as long as they’re for your own personal use.)

The Monkey socks are perhaps halfway down the second leg. These aren’t quite such a perfect match, but they’ll do very well, thank you. These are in Panda Cotton in the Fall Herbs colorway (bamboo/cotton, do you see a trend here?), and the colors do pool, but not too obnoxiously. Which is pretty much why I chose Monkey as the pattern. I’m doing these on size 0s, people! The pattern is written for a larger foot, and I always have to go down at least one needle size anyway. If I do this pattern again, I might go to the size 0 needles or I might take two columns out of the pattern repeat, making it both narrower and a bit shorter.

Those of you who follow these things will have noticed that both of these are Cookie A patterns. Yes, indeedy, I’ve definitely become one of her fans. I’m also a pretty big fan of Knitty.com, even when they don’t have a lot in a particular issue I like. Overall, I get more patterns there than anywhere else but Interweave Knits. I am feeling a pretty strong pull toward Salto, which is in the current — Spring 2008 — issue of Knitty.com. It’s not Cookie A. this time, but it’s a pretty damn interesting sock.

And how many people of your acquaintance can say that with a straight face?