Thursday, March 19, 2009

Item One - Check

Deadline one has been met. The Half-Poms are finished and my Mum shall have toasty toes on Mothering Sunday.Pattern: Pomatomus
Yarn: Angels & Elephants, 4 Ply British Wool - 100g - Sea Spray
Needles: 2.5mm Metal DPNs
Started: 2 October 2008
Finished: 19 March 2009
Modifications: Plain feet. I was terribly slow at this pattern and would avoid anything based around a 1x1 rib in future for a sock, life is too short. However it is a beautiful, textured pattern and I'm pleased that I stuck with it by limiting the patterning just to the legs.

This completes my three pairs of bandwagon socks started as part of Socktoberfest 2008. These were definitely my least favourite pattern to knit as is apparent by the slow drag to completion, I imagine there will be more Monkeys in my future and can see why that is the most popular of the three. So satisfying to knit and a beautiful stretchy sock at the end of it. I loved knitting the Jaywalkers too but I don't like the lack of stretch in the finished item so I'm not sure I'd make those again. Not when there are so many other sock patterns out there clamouring for attention, it's Serendipity for me next - and just the one to knit :o) That is just as soon as deadlines two and three are met.

The shrug is a few rows off completion and the second cushion just needs sewing together, I might be feeling complacent if I wasn't just a little scared of the sewing machine. I know I was all talk the other week but it seems a long time since my lesson and without Mum nearby I'm feeling a little anxious. Wish me luck!

15 comments:

Marianne said...

Wow, these are absolute Beauties, love the colours! Well Knit! :^)

Charity said...

Beautiful! I know I've said this before, but I love the idea of the plain foot. :o)

T. said...

Those Poms are lovely- I've heard from others also that they're terribly slow!

Kelly said...

Nice job, and a beautiful result! I'm sure your mother will love them.

Thanks for the info re: stretchiness. I haven't knit Poms or Monkeys yet, so now I know that Monkey socks will probably work better for me.

Rose Red said...

the socks look great - lucky SarahMum!

Like the look of the Serendipity socks - will be very interested to see them knit up!

Lynne said...

The half-Poms look great - I hope your mum loves them after all the work you put into them.

I started a pair; didn't even get to the end of the first pattern repeat! I will knit them someday; the problem was the YO at the beginning of the needle on dpns!

Bells said...

they look fabulous and I support your plain foot decision. As you know, I too found this pattern a dragging, painful knit.

donnac1968 said...

How did you find the A&E sock yarn to work with? I started some Nutkin socks a while back but found it quite thick and fluffy.

raining sheep said...

Those turned out so well. Being an avid sock knitter myself, I appreciate a great pair of socks. I have not tried that pattern yet, surprisingly, as it seems to be one of the classics. I think your mum will be very pleased with those.

modelwidow said...

Lucky Mum. I think the plain foot looks good and will be more comfy in shoes too.

floderten said...

That is some gorgeous yarn. Where did you get it? Is it available online?

Love your socks, and I think I mentioned when you'd finished the first one that I love your choice of making the foot plain. :)

clarabelle said...

Oooh, lucky Mama! Can I adopt you as a daughter, please?

Kyoko said...

Love the socks! I tried to make the Pom Socks but never really finished it :(
I should give it another try! Lovely color socks ;)

Marie said...

Congrats on finishing the socks on time. They look great. The fan pattern coupled with the blue color is so pretty.

PrincessPea said...

Lovely, the colour is really gorgeous! I really like the idea of doing the foot plain (all that twisted rib makes my hand hurt!)

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