Over a year and no socks in sight… and then the sock bug bit me again right before the Vancouver trip in February. I finished a cuff on the plane ride out there and knit a few more rows, but just as quickly as it came on, the sock bug went away again. However, I pressed on. A few months later, I now have a pretty pair of socks to show for that tenaciousness (heh – yeah 4 months of persistence!)
Pattern: Canada Socks from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Red and Ivory = Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima /
Gray = Tess Designer Yarns
Needles: Size 0 and 1 US
The socks were a fun mix of stranded colorwork and simple stockinette – two favorite combination. The yarns work well together. I altered the pattern’s cuff slightly, choosing a simple ribbed cuff instead of the vikkel braid outlined in the book.
The pattern was fun, and by virtue of the name – I will think of Canada when I wear these socks. I have seen the east and the west of Canada… now I just have to see some of the in-betweens!
The socks were the final knit in my Stanley Cup Stashbusting knitalong with my friends on the Ravelry Puck This group. We had about 20 participants (all hockey-loving knitters like myself!) and many projects – from blankets to washcloths and sweaters to socks. It’s a fun chance to talk about what we are knitting as we cheer on our teams as they play towards the Cup. Last night, the beautiful Stanley Cup was awarded to the fabulous Chicago Blackhawks team. They played a great season, and it has been so much fun watching this team build themselves up after many years of abysmal attendance and indifference. I adopted them as my “Western” team last year, so it was a joy to see them hoist the Cup only one year after my #1 team – the Pittsburgh Penguins – did they very same thing. Congratulations to the Hawks! So happy for them! and happy for hockey in general – great ratings, top tweets on Twitter, and so much promise for the future. Maybe the best-kept sports secret isn’t really a secret anymore?
So, in this quest for the Cup (and a few days before the playoffs started) I have been on a stashbusting kick – and I have some nice things to show for it!
My results: 1 blanket, 2 garments, 2 scarves and a pair of socks!
April – June 2010
Do I win an award for stashbusting?