Monday, 8 February 2016
January Socks - Trickle Socks
If you remember one of my plans for this year was to knit a pair of socks each month for myself. This would go towards 'operation sock drawer'. Since January was my 'get organised' month I had planned on finishing 'Far Into the Forest', That obviously didn't happen. The truth is that I am stuck at the heel. Back when I was initially working on them the heel did not present any problems. I had a clear plan of how it worked. Since that was months ago that plan has long gone and I am now clueless. I am thinking that I might have to start again in order to get back into the swing of it.
Since I didn't want to fail on all my challenges I decided to just start a new pair of socks. I picked out Trickle Socks by Katie Douglas. I found this among my ravelry patterns on my iPad. I had obviously added it long ago and then forgot all about it.
Since the pattern involved some tiny ridged cables I wanted to ensure they could be seen and so I decided to use a solid yarn. Perfect since I had just picked up a few via my friends new etsy page (go check it out). I love the Donegal base so I was extremely excited when I saw that not only was it in one of my favourite colours but that it was also sock weight. It's extremely soft and lovely to knit with. The little flecks are perfect against the jade colour of the yarn. Let's face it, this yarn was always going to be used on me as soon as I ordered it
As for the pattern itself, I very much enjoyed knitting it. As I have said time and time again, I love a cable. Look at those little ridges. This pattern is most definitely not for beginners. I think you need to be comfortable knitting socks to do this one. I wouldn't suggest it for someone wanting to try their first pattern away from the basic socks either. Unless of course you are fairly confident with cables. The heel and the toe aren't that much different to the basic socks. The heel is a little different in that it tries to follow the purl and knit pattern of the rest of the sock making it look like the cables evolve naturally from it. The pattern also comes in written instructions and in chart format. I personally prefer the chart so I went with that. The pattern is a 12 round repeat so you begin to pick up a pace fairly quickly. Be warned though as you might struggle to put them down.