It has taken me two weeks to finish these pretty babies.
In the land of ferocious knitting, that’s a very long time. Especially as this is pretty much the only project I’ve worked on since I cast them on. Work is a full-on at the moment, and is annoyingly eating into my personal and family time.
The pattern name is rather a mouthful: Hiya Hiya Arrow Lace Socks I (Cuff Down) 72 sts
They part of a KAL that finishes on Monday – so I have completed them just in time!
The yarn is a combination of a gorgeous Happy-go-knitty dye job using a BFL base gifted to me some time ago by my lovely knitting buddy KB. I shall be happily topping up with more Happy-go-knitty at the Wellington Underground Market Wonders of Wool theme market next Saturday, 5 April!!!
I normally cast on 64 stitches for socks as this number works best for my sizing, so I was slightly worried they’d be a bit big on me. You can see that the leg is looser than my usual sock fit. The pattern did say to use 2mm needles, but I find that size painful to knit with – it takes foreeeveerrrr to finish something in that size! So I used my thinnest yarn, and went to 2.25mm needles, and it has worked out fine. I would have got a slimmer sock if I had used the thinner needles, but I don’t mind. I quite like the ruched look of the leg.
I noticed that my arrow shaping started quite late on the foot, and this is because I made the heel quite deep and slightly longer than noted in the pattern. By the time I had reduced the stitches back to the cast-on number to begin the shaping, I was already quite a way down the foot. I think if I knit this pattern again, I would keep the heel to pattern length, so that I could have the arrow a little further up the foot. Not that it looks bad now, but I did like the look on some of the other versions of this sock that I have seen where there is more stocking stitch before the toes. I also made the leg longer than suggested, which I like.
I’ve been eyeing all my sock patterns and knitting books longingly… hopefully I’ll get more knitting time soon! I miss my family, my life and proper knitting time.
In the meantime, to cheer myself up, I had to indulge in some very pretty skeins I saw on this week’s Soft Like Kittens update:
Such lovely, lovely colours. Don’t they just make your heart sing!?
Hope you’re having a great weekend.