Sock a Month Knitalong 3

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

February Pomatomi

I finally, finally, finally finished my Pomatomi. The Pomatomi I started in October when I was in Sock-a-Month2. The reason I only finished one pair of socks for Sock-a-Month two. And gleefully, my first pair of socks for Sock-a-Month 3. These are actually my February socks. I finished them a few weeks ago, but haven't had time to photo and blog.

Although I'm making it sound as if I didn't enjoy making these socks, I really did. The pattern is intriguing and engaging. And, it looks pretty wicked, too. But they're not exactly mindless knitting, so they simply took a while. I couldn't pick them up during my weekly lectures, and they sort of simmered for a while as I was focusing on a wee bit of holiday knitting. I enjoyed making them, love the look of them, and I'm glad they're done and I can start some different socks.

A photo montage:

The yarn

Better colors in this shot

The yarn, on my new, totally radical Nostepinde by Hello Yarn

I've been using my Nostepinde for a couple of months now. I got it from my mom and dad (who henceforth shall be known as Ole and Lena) for Christmas. No, it's no fancy, shmancy ball winder, but I like the low techiness of it. I'm starting to get very even, very appealing balls of yarn from it. And it definitely beats by previous low-budg solution: winding it around my index finger.

Close-up of the yarn on the Noste

#1, in progress, on 2 circs

Close-up of los dos finished Pomatomi

Gusset, heel, and ankle

Are your eyes going buggy yet?


Ok, I will be the first to acknowledge that this was perhaps a busy yarn choice for an already busy pattern. But, you know what? I don't care. I wear scrubs to work almost every day, so socks are my way to spice things up a bit. The Pomatomus pattern still looks awesome, and this yarn is one of the best I have used so far. Very soft, very squishy, very durable with no pilling or other ickiness after a few runs through the washer AND dryer.

The Specs:
The Yarn: Spunky Eclectic SUPER SOCKS. Hand painted Superwash Merino Wool. Fingering weight sock yarn. 100 g = 420 yards. Colorway is Aztec. I won this yarn in a contest on Jennifer's blog. I really love it. It's durable, soft, and very comfortable. The colors are fantastic.
The Pattern: The famous Pomatomus. This is the first one of Cookie's patterns I've knit. I'll agree with the pattern description in that it's a bit of a challenge, as far as most sock patterns go. But if you've knit lace before, or you know how to read a chart, then it shouldn't be much of a problem. The pattern is repetetive, so you do get the hang of it after a while. The only problem I had was in Chart B. Make sure you note the highlighted stitch in row 1. It says: Slip 2 st. Place two slipped stitches back on left needle. Knit three together tbl. I had mistaken it for a similar symbol for "Knit 2 tog tbl" for a while and it was messing up my pattern and stitch count. Overall, the pattern in the work of genius.
The Needles: As per usual for my socks, socks on two circs. Addi Turbos #2.
Thoughts: This sock is very, very stretchy, and is very comfy. I would lean toward a tighter versus looser guage. I made my feet a bit too long, as well. But they're very, very comfy, and I will enjoy them very much. On their virgin voyage out in the real world, I received several compliments from non-knitters.

Part of what was stressful about these socks was knitting them cuff down from one large skein of yarn. I don't have a scale, so after sock #1, I felt I had enough for the second sock, but no objective way of knowing. As I knit down on sock #2, I started to have the sinking feeling that I would run short. Since sock #1 was done, this would mean ripping it all the way back, past the heel, to take out one pattern repeat in the leg (I had done 3). I decided to risk it, but I was really hoping to make it just to the toe of sock #2, where I would not be totally heartbroken to finish the toe in some other crazy leftover yarn. Miracle of miracles, I made it. I have a little bitty nubbin of a ball left. I'm so glad I was able to make it through both socks. After working so hard on these, I really wanted them to be near-perfect, but I would not have had the energy to rip both socks back past the heel again.

I'm elated with these socks and recommend the pattern to anyone up for an engaging sock-knit!

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by Mandy


At 2:33 PM, Blogger Anni said...

Fantastic socks.

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Lyndsey-Jane said...

I love your socks - the yarn is a great colour. I am always sceptical of lace socks as I have wide feet and ankles and they can sometimes be tight and unstretchy so it is great to know that the pomotami are stretchy - they are now on my to-knit list.

At 3:49 PM, Blogger lexa said...

Love them! This is one of my favorite sock patterns. (I am actually wearing mine right now!) I, too, used a "busy" colorway, Patons Kroy Socks in Paintbox. Got some Socks That Rock in Fred Flintstone destined to be another pair sometime.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger msubulldog said...

For what it's worth, I love the color of that yarn and think it makes a rockin' pair of Pomatomai. :) I knit a pair for my sister out of Koigu and did wind up having to do solid colored toes on them. Not the end of the world, but the pattern does use up a lot of yarn! :)

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Tanya said...

I think that the yarn choice was perfect!! Really beautiful!

At 6:38 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

Holy Cow! Are they really that bright, or is it partially the work of the evil flash? Either way, they should brighten up your day!!

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Gorgeous! In my opionion, there's no such thing as too busy when it comes to handknit socks!

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Beautiful and crazy colors! I really like your ball of yarn on the nostepinde. I was wondering how those work. Your yarn ball looks really professional!


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