Friday, December 21, 2007

Line Production

During the season of long lines, knitters may have recourse to a modest superpower unknown to Muggles, namely, sock knitting. It's a proven fact that sock knitting causes a long line to move faster, to the good of all. I've been benefiting humankind quite a bit this week. My latest line knitting is Birch Leaf Socks by Nancy Bush (in A Gathering of Lace) worked in Noro Kureyon Sock, colorway S40. (I love how the leaf motif pulls in, creating a socky décolleté edge and subtle chevron effect.) It's my December Sockdown sock.

Birch Leaf sock

It turns out that Kureyon Sock is very like Kureyon, except writ small. There are the same delightful color suprises, the occasional thick-n-thin soft spots, and even teeny bits of vegetable matter. (No knots so far.) The yarn is stiff in the skein, but softens when knit. I was concerned that knitting in the round might cause a single-ply sock yarn to bias, but that doesn't seem to be a problem. It's shaping to be a handsome sock.

Another spot of line knitting finished off the Country Christmas socks, which are based on a Cat Bordhi New Pathways architecture. I'm pleased with the way they turned out, although I still don't understand why the feet look so different from the legs.

Country Christmas socks

Just in time for Festivus, a person unknown mounded clean snow around the poor little snowman, so he looks jaunty again. That must have been quite a feat of strength – last week's snow and ice have melted and re-frozen into a mass as hard and slick as a skating rink.

6 comments:

Kim said...

Forgot to do the Festivus "Airing of Grievances" followed by "Feats of Strength" at SnB last night. The socks looks awesome. Glad I got to see them in person

Bezzie said...

When I first saw that Noro sock yarn I thought the only thing it would look good knit as is plain stockinette. I stand VERY corrected.

Jessica said...

You have some serious sock mojo going right now! I wish I could find mine...

jmknits said...

The Noro socks are gorgeous - I'm really tempted by this yarn. Love the Christmas socks - very nice!

Deborah said...

Oh, have I gotten loads of knitting done standing in long lines these past few holiday weeks. I've even gotten glares of envy because I wasn't at all bothered by the fact that prices have gone up and sales people are far and few.

Yes, the calming affects of knitting. Just 15 years ago I would have organized a massive protest of fellow consumers because retailers don't even bother to hire enough help to take our money.

Alotta.knittin said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!