Tuesday, March 25, 2008

It's a Fiesta!

This is a yarn I will absolutely use again.

In my fervor to knit all eight sock architectures* from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters, I have used several yarns that have been great to deal with. This one leads the pack. Last summer, Turtlegirl spent an early-September YPF waxing poetic about some Seacoast Handpainted she received as a birthday present.

When I commented that I had some of that yarn and it was certainly necklace-worthy, Aimee (I think) emailed to tell me that if I thought Seacoast was awesome, I should try Fiesta Boomerang.

So I did. The Loopy Ewe to the rescue once again!

This was an exceptionally quick pair of socks. I cast on the first one just after returning home from Florida. I finished the second sock in three days.

Pattern: Woven Ridge from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters
Yarn: Fiesta Boomerang
Color: Coyote
Source: The Loopy Ewe
Needles: KnitPicks 16” circs US 2/3.0mm
Started: 13 March 2008 (sock 2: 20 March 2008)
Finished: 23 March 2008 (sock 1: 20 March 2008)
Mods: Used the master numbers rather than the numbers specific to the Woven Ridge pattern. Simply subbed in the 7-stitch Linen Stitch pattern.

I also changed the cuff. Pattern calls for a K3P1 rib. I did a K2P2

I really like the bind-off on these socks, too. It’s just a regular bind-off (knit the whole thing, don’t bind off in pattern!) but with the yarn doubled. Even with the yarn doubled, I intentionally made it a reeeally loose bind-off. Wanna see a close-up?

I still have nothing but good things to say about this book. I’ve now knit six of the eight architectures with no complaints. Well, there were the failed Dove socks that went to the frog pond, but I think that was a bad yarn-to-pattern match and was no fault of the pattern.

It’s past my bedtime and I need to pick a stupid Player of the Week in the morning, so I had best get myself off to bed. We’re sleeping under my M&Ms quilt for the first time tonight. I’ll try to take pics to show it off tomorrow.

*Why the hurry to get all eight knit? I'm teaching a New Pathways class starting Saturday at Bloomin' Yarns. But so far, nobody has signed up, which means the class will most likely be cancelled. Oh well. It's not going to stop me from casting on for the next pair of socks from this book (probably Fountain Foxglove)!


Sarah said...

Love them! I don't remember if I got a chance to pet them at knit night last week, but it's always good to get another sock yarn recommendation!

turtlegirl76 said...

Ooooh I like those! I love the colorway as well. Fiesta Boomerang is the softest, sproingiest sock yarn EVER. I need to knit with it. I have some. It's marinating in the stash. And yeah, that woulda been Aimee enabling you.

Anonymous said...

I just love that sock yarn and really need to get some. After MDSW. I hope you slept well under the M&M's quilt!!

Molly Bee said...

I LOVE these! I have to get a copy of that book!