Last night, the urge struck to work a little more on my Ultramerino4 socks. This is still part of my three-projecct -- two small, one large -- thing I've got going with my self-discipline experiment, so it's all good.
As you can see, the design is now completely different from what I had come up with before. There are two reasons for this:
1. The Ultramerino was pooling a bit and the variegation on that particular colorway was just too contrasty to really show off what I was trying to do with the stitch pattern. Not to fear, though, it's all recorded with pictures and copious notes on the Palm. Instead, I chose a more subtle variegated colorway and for my purposes, it seems to fit the bill nicely. Actually, this is my favorite colorway in the series, followed closely by the other subtly variegated colorways in this offering.
2. I wanted a nice, simple pattern that people could easily modify. This combination Tweed Mock Rib/ Stockinette seemed to fit the bill.
I started out with the Tweed Mock Rib as the ribbing on the cuff and slowly pulled the pattern out. I wanted the stitch pattern to be integrated with the cuff detail. Also, I wanted a simple shape that would be mimicked in the negative space, which, in this case, is the stockinette portion.
Here is a look at how it works out on the sides of the sock:
I'm not positive a heel flap is the best choice, but I feel like this yarn needs a nice reinforced heel so I'm trying it out. You can see how the Tweed Mock Rib flows into the heel flap:
Again, this is a VERY simple pattern. I wanted to create the effect of an even covering for the leg, as opposed to a clear dilineation between cuff and leg. The heel flap sort of breaks this up, but I'm sticking with it for now to fully flesh it out and see if it works.
These socks are prototypes and knit for my size. But, I'm hoping to make them my Sock Pal socks. My goal is to fully flesh out the pattern by the end of this week so as to get moving on the Sock Pal socks by next week.
In other news, I've discovered the joys of Mary Righetti. I finally picked up "Knitting in Plain English" after skimming through it and finding many useful tips and instructions. This surprised me, because the book is geared toward beginners. It just goes to show that it never hurts to revisit basic information from another person's perspective.
The reason I skimmed this book is because I'd been hunting around for a copy of her "Sweater Design in Plain English" -- which comes highly recommended from various sources in the Black Olive Circle -- and kept coming across "Knitting in Plain English" instead. It's as if it was screaming out at me "Pick me up! Pick me up!" So I did. Hehe.
Miss Kathy was kind enough to pick up a copy of "Sweater Design in Plain English" for me while carefully scouring the sale items at Woolcotts this past Tuesday. This could quite possibly be the only place selling this book at the moment. And, word has it, that it is going out of print.
Of course, I could've just ordered it from Amazon, but I'm Instant Gratification Gal and I kept holding out hope that I'd find it in my local bookstore. Plus, this way, I got to take advantage of the sale and there were no shipping costs involved.
Aren't Knitters the best friends ever?