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Monday, February 4, 2008

Fire & Ice

Just a quick note - if you don't want to see the completed January Rockin' Sock Club socks - quickly go to another page....

Here's the 'Fire on the Ice' - my socks remind me of Fire & well, to put it bluntly it's damned cold here in Anchorage. (-15°F this morning; right now it's -8.3°F)

Here they are - in all of their glory. What a fabulous 1st kit for the 2008 Rockin' Sock Club. This is my first year as a member after missing the deadline by a few days last year. Wow - I certainly was not disappointed.

Details:

Pattern: Serendipity by Adrienne Fong

Yarn: STR Lightweight in Dragon Dance

Needles: Addi Turbo US 1 / 2.50 mm - Magic Loop

Cast On: January 29, 2008 ~2:15 during SWS Staff Meeting

Completion Date: February 4, 2008 ~1:30 during SWS Teacher workday.

What a fast knit!! I blame the yarn. The Color is 'Dragon Dance' and since Dragons are magical creatures, this yarn cast a spell over me. I've never had such a monogamous relationship with a project (sans the Sock Wars socks - but that was fueled by my competitive nature). My sweater - nothing; The Secret of the Stole ii - Not a stitch (let's forget the fact I'm now 2 clues behind). I couldn't help it - all I wanted to do was finish these socks! I'm so happy I perservered. New things were learned & improved:

Like...
A short row heel. I've only knit 1 toe-up sock which utilized a short row heel & I was not pleased with the results. Looking at the photo above - I'm pleased as punch. One side of the heel on sock #1 doesn't look that great (of course - I'm not going to show you...), but needless to say I improved by sock #2. I think I just was more aware of the need to tighten up the w&t (wrap & turn).

Here is the pattern detail. The color of the yarn was inspired by the Dragon Dance - a ritual of the Chinese New Year. The dyers notes explain the lace pattern reminded her of 'little candle flames' or 'maybe a parade of lanterns.' Yes - I agree! The stripes aren't exactly like the photo - but that's what makes my socks unique for me, right? Of course - it's all about gauge. The pattern called for Size 1 / 2.25 mm needles & it seems Addi Turbos are slightly bigger, so my stripes are different. They do line up quite nicely on the feet! :0)

So - chalk up an 'F' for February credit in SAM5 . I also have a cool pair of socks to wear when I head to the Madrona Winter Retreat next week. I'm so excited!!! :0) More on that later...

Ciao - Off to work on another pair of STR socks. :0)

7 comments:

Courtney said...

Very pretty socks :-)

adrienne said...

perfection!

tiennie said...

Beautifully done!

Cinnamonamon said...

those look great! Your stripes came out nice & evenly. :) I'll enjoy watching for your STR club socks this year -- maybe next year I'll get in on it, too. :)

T. said...

Look fabulous - I had the same feelings on the short row - I like my 2nd attempt MUCH better too.

AfternoonMoon said...

Working on my Serendipidys as well here in Seattle. Thanks for mentioning the Madrona on my blog, I was reading the Yarn Harlot and she was talking about being down here as well. And what do you know? the Pavillion is filled with yarn, and I have time on my hands for a little drive to Tacoma and see what it is all about. Pavillion is open for general public, so you will have some competition on your hands for fiber!

Sherry said...

These are beautiful.