19 May 2008
ivy league sock
Da da! We have hand dyed sock!
The sock is Hedera from Knitty to be specific. It's my first attempt at lace knitting and despite my mistakes (multi hued yarn is great for hiding errors) I'm very pleased. (Although if I knitted the pattern again I'd make the socks longer).
Hedera is also the botanical name for that bane of my garden, ivy. The lace pattern is supposed to resemble ivy climbing up one's leg I imagine.
Let's take a closer look.
Hmmm, I'm not sure I can see it.
However the name comes from the ancient Greek meaning to twist and turn (as do the tendrils of ivy around my poor strangled trees) and the pattern certainly does that. The lace pattern itself is a four-row repeat; perfect for beginning lacemakers such as myself and quite simple to memorise. Not that I ever really trusted myself. I kept the chart close by at all times.
The yarn is my own hand dyed (dyed at the last Craft Retreat and blogged here) and I am absolutely thrilled at the way it knitted up; it's just as I'd pictured it.
When I was grafting the toe I happened to be wearing a green lambswool jumper and the mister exclaimed at how vibrant the reds and pinks looked against the green. (I've told him before to not say a word to me when I'm grafting but luckily I was able to [temporarily] ignore him until I'd finished. I remember when I first learnt how to graft, the instructions I was following said "First lock yourself in a quiet room away from children, husbands and tv." Sound advice indeed).
Anyway this morning I found a big green cardigan at the op shop, so I'm going to knit a scarflette from the remainder of the sock yarn and be vibrant this winter.
After I've defeated Second Sock Syndrome, that is.