Ever since I picked up a skein of STR Lightweight in Knitters Without Borders at Maryland Sheep & Wool, I had started looking at patterns to use with that yarn. I must be part sheep, since when I saw that the Yarn Harlot had picked the Leyburn pattern for her KWB yarn, I mentally designated that yarn for that pattern.
So why not jump in with the Knit-A-Long?
My pasty white legs … tried to get a cool snow-in-backyard shot, but I really must learn how to manually set my new camera. ::sigh::
I decided pretty quickly that this pattern would play nicely with the Riverbed Architecture from New Pathways for Sock Knitters.
Having recently finished a pair of socks in STR Lightweight, I knew I wanted a 68-stitch foot (used 31 of the 34 instep stitches to work the pattern). Of course, on the first sock, I kept waffling on whether or not I wanted to go down to 66 or 64 stitches and over-knit the toe. Tink back to where I should have started my arch increases and start moving forward again.
I soldiered on and got to the leg. And once again realized that I needed to read the pattern more carefully. Tink back again, increase up to the suggested 72 stitches and fire away.
I finally got the first sock finished at the end of last week and cast on for the second sock live from the big ketchup bottle while waiting for the start of the AFC Championship Game. I was not able to have a regular seat for this game, so I successfully hid in a corner and knit away on my sock toe, since I was well out of the sightline of Guy I Don’t Like (the one who decided it’s inappropriate for me to knit).
It all worked out just fine and Sock #2 went much faster than its predecessor. This is the reason I prefer to knit socks one at a time. The second sock flies compared to the first one, and it makes me feel smart!
Pattern: Leyburn Socks by MintyFresh
Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight
Color: Knitters Without Borders
Source: The Fold (Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival)
Needles: US 1.5/2.5mm Addi Lace 40” (magic loop)
Sock Size: US Women’s 8.5 (8.5” circumference/9.5” length)
Started: 4 January 2009
Finished: 25 January 2009
Mods: Plugged stitch pattern and suggested leg/cuff stitch counts into Riverbed Architecture from New Pathways for Sock Knitters