I’m just past the heel on my Wimblelympic socks (confused? Look here to find out about the Wimblelympics.)
They are turning out perfectly so far! I’m very pleased with them. I love the colour, the stitch pattern and the speed its knitting up with. I have just 62 stitches on the needles which stretches nicely to open up the lace and is a lot less than my normal 68+ stitches I usually have for socks. Add that to the fact that every other round is only knitting and you get very speedy knitting!
The little details are what I think really make this sock shine, like this motif on the gusset:
I figured there was no real reason to leave the gussets plain so I embellished them, the motif is one I used as a leg detail on my Embellishing the Colour socks (which is a free Ravelry download if you want to use it yourself).
I’m still a little shy of halfway through my 50g ball of yarn so the knee high socks are looking more likely. I’ve added a little cable detail running up the back of the leg which will look great if I decide to add calf increases. Can you tell how proud I am of these socks? They’re going so smoothly that’s I’m half expecting something to go wrong soon. Maybe the problems are going to come when I write the pattern up… I haven’t started that yet! :)
Over at the Knitting Goddess (and Gods) group on Ravelry, there’s a tonne of Wimbledon themed fun courtesy of the lovely moderators. Amongst other things, there’s a quiz (of which I knew no answers but I think my mum might have done rather well) and a knit a long which is similar to the knitting olympics with various events.
I’ve entered the ‘Short Volley’ category (for Socks, Stockings, Slippers, Bootees, Leg Warmers) and I’m planning on using my semi solid gold yarn to design some lacy socks for summer.
I’m tempted to make them knee-high (I seem to want make all my socks knee-high at the moment, not sure why) but I think that might be a bit too much to do in a fortnight. Since I’m doing them toe-up I can see how it goes and decide later. I’m also going to challenge myself to write the pattern up within the two weeks.
I’ve been swatching
and even more swatching
and now that I think I’ve decided on a design I can’t wait to start! Which swatch do you think I’ll have gone for? Pictures coming soon!
I now officially have fewer squares left to do than I have done. I’m (just) over 50% finished!
As I work on it, I can’t help but ponder how I’m going to finish this. Will I really stop when I reach my target? Or maybe I’ll end up adding on a few more rows, or making it wider or adding a solid colour border. Afterall, 20 more squares isn’t much if you’ve already done over 650! I’m even wondering if I should line it. Either way, it’s going to be a while before I really have to make any decisions!
So for now I’ll just admire what I’ve done so far.
And look what came in the post today:
More additions for the sock blanket! From the left they are Evening sky, Chocolate box, Heather and Indian Summer. Next update at 75%? :)