Sunday, October 30, 2005

Just in Time


...for the end of Socktoberfest, if not for Mr. A's birthday -- voila, the Log Cabin Socks! (Of course, pictured with coffee.) Here's all the pertinent info:

Pattern: Log Cabin, from Handknit Holidays

Yarn: Each sock took about 75% of one skein of Wool-Ease worsted in Fisherman

Needles: One 40-inch Inox circular, size 7; no cable needle! (woo-hoo!)

They're not washed or blocked, just straight off the needles. (I wanted to get them blogged before tomorrow!) I varied the pattern a bit; I did short row toes instead of traditional toes. I thought about doing short row heels, but there'd be no cool cables on the heels, which I think is one of the most appealing things about the pattern. I got gauge, but as you can see, the feet are a little big. The calf portion fits fine, so I think the problem is the lack of cables and ribs to draw the socks in. The next time I make these socks, I will do the feet with a smaller size needle. I'm hoping a wash and tumble dry will help too. While the toe seams are not Grumperina-perfect, I think I'm getting the hang of kitchener stitch. I even sort of (gasp!) enjoyed it.

One (maybe obvious) helpful hint for people who are new to cable patterns. I like to work from a chart, but I find the little symbols hard to read. So I recopied the chart and used different colored highlighters to mark where the right- and left-leaning cables went. That made the chart easy to read without having to pick it up and squint at it!

18 Comments:

Anonymous christine said...

Looking good!!! I bet the feet will shrink a bit once washed. You're really good with the "no cable needle" cables....

11:30 AM  
Blogger JustApril said...

No cable needles! WOW - impressive. Thanks for the comments on my blog I will try the short heel next time

12:22 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Woo hoo! I am very impressed with the no cable needle cables!! Great job!

3:55 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Just BEAUTIFUL, Laura!! I love the cables- and with no cable needle, at that! The cabling on the heel is a really nice touch, too. Mr. A is a lucky guy. Looks like he's in heaven- socks and coffee. What could be better? You definitely ended Socktoberfest with a bang! :-) LOVE the socks!

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

I'm blown away by the NCN cables! Good job -- and excellenbt timing!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

love'em! i am doing wool ease sock right now too.... they are going to be warm and cozy for my dad just like your socks! i love the cables, want to see the heel cables after they take a spin in the laundry:)

9:13 PM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

Too cool! I bet they will snug up quite a bit in the wash. They look really nice and comfy. Don't let my hubby see - he'll want a pair!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Yea! those are too cute! I have my eye on that pattern for sometime later this year. I like the way yours came out--they look so comfy :)

11:29 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Very nice! Those look really comfy.

12:03 AM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

And to thank you for tagging me with the yarn meme, I'm tagging you with the 20 things about me meme. I know you already did your 100 things, but so did I, so dig deep, baby!

12:34 PM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Those socks are made for a Sunday afternoon relaxing with a newspaper and some coffee. Cable-y comfort.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

Oh, nice job! I caught your link from Carla (the knitting glaistig)'s blog -- and I have to say that I'm dying to make these for myself. We have some things in common, mainly being a SAHM and I speak French, too. Okay, enough, take care and nice job!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

hey great socks! Congrats on being amongst the productive finishers in the Socktoberfest KAL. does this mean you can update your woolease knit-down to 42.5?

3:53 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Nice socks! I just saw the pattern for these today, and I really like how they look. Hmmm, maybe more socks are in my future!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Beak-Knits said...

Great socks!

Also, a really good tip on the charts. I prefer them, but it can be hard to keep track...I love color coding.

Thanks!

5:12 PM  
Blogger beatknit said...

Those socks look so warm!!
Nice job on the cables :)

9:11 PM  
Blogger Terhi said...

Beautiful and comfy looking socks! Did you notice that we had the same headline in our sockposts, funny. :-)

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Janine said...

Nice Socks! I don't think I would dare make socks that light a colour - I would never be able to keep them clean :-)

6:19 AM  

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