Sunday, July 16, 2006

Deconstructing the Calla Lillies

I have been a bad blogger this week, as I have had a house full of people for days, and have not had a lot of knitting progress to report. My current WIPs require some sustained attention (more on that later) so I have focused enough on the Calla Lilly socks to be able to finish them today.



Project Specs:
Pattern: Calla Lilly Socks by Sundara Yarns
Yarn: Sundara Petals Collection superwash merino, "calla lilly"
Needles: US1 Addi Turbo 40"
Pattern notes: I tried magic loop with these socks for the first time, and I may be a convert. I have some problems with pain in my fingertips when I use metal (or even bamboo) DPNs, and even had numbness in my fingers for a while after knitting Mom's marathon socks. This was much more comfortable on my fingers, and I do think it went quicker. The pattern called for Nancy Bush's welsh heel, also a first for me. According to the pattern, if you knit as written you won't have any holes, but I ended up with a hole on both socks. Nothing tragic, but a hole nonetheless. My lace is also a little wonky on the first sock, but the lace disappears enough to make the mistake very hard to see. I managed to misplace the pattern before finishing the second sock, and had to deconstruct the toe decreases by eyeballing the first one. Not a perfect job, but again, good enough.

The true pleasure of these socks was the yarn. The colors are glorious, the finished product is fantastic, and the pattern was simple enough to be a knit-while-terribly-busy project, yet the color changes and pattern details made it a satisfying, interesting knit. I do have a lot of yarn left over, so it may become some cute baby booties, or more likely, will join the other little balls of sock yarn leftovers in the sock drawer.

Thanks, Sundara!

12 comments:

iSeL said...

Pretty!

I just got some needles to try the magic loop. I am a little hesitant, but I know it's in my future.

Stuntmother said...

I like magic loop too, and I like your calla lily socks. What really struck me about this yarn, when Amy showed me the photograph, was how absolutely Sundara managed to capture the colors that inspired her. It made the yarn even more glorious to see how perfectly it really did echo that calla lily. Amy's socks pooled something fierce, but yours look lovely. Actually, I like hers too, but she's wrinkling her nose at the pooling.

aija said...

Beautiful!

jody said...

wow, you knit those up pretty quickly! they're really lovely!

Ann said...

Liz, those socks are just incredible! I'm not sure I'm ready for the magic loop -- just trying to get the basic sock thing down at this point. But maybe I'll try it soon since you gave it such a good review!

Time to recoup now that the company's gone ...

SpiderWomanKnits said...

So pretty!

My friend taught me how to knit socks on one circular but I haven't employed the technique since for no other reason than I just haven't. I get the tingly finger tip thing too with tiny DP's though so I should give it a shot next time.

Michelle said...

Those are quite beautiful. I still haven't started working on mine. I'm still trying to figure out how to knit the socks from the toe up. However, it might be worthwhile to try the magic loop method. Of course, I don't have any idea how to do that. Was it hard to teach yourself?

Mintyfresh said...

Great job! Magic loop is the bestest.

Sally said...

Fabulous as usual Liz. I love the lace design, it is so pretty. See you on Wednesday!

curlypurly said...

beautiful! i love the lace. and i live for magic loop. welcome to the dark side.

Laurie (Moo!) said...

Very pretty socks!

I LOVE the magic loop. And I have come to accept the heel hole. We are at peace, with each other.

Did you get to see the movie?

Dorothy said...

Those are really pretty socks. You did a great job on them.

If you want an idea of what to do with all that lovely sock yarn, check out these two blogs, you can make them yourself or donate yarn to one of them.

http://mitstitchingnut.blogpost.com/ (you can donate to this one)
or
http://wendyknits.net/