Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Mom is the Best!!!!!!

Christmas 2011 didn't bring lots of presents, but the best one clearly as to be my new yarn swift. I have been wanting one for ages and now that I'm spinning it's a must have. I couldn't wait to set it up with the ball winder I got many years ago. It's maiden use was to wind up some nice fingering weight merino that I got from Rhinebeck '11.

Sock Innovation Project - Devon

The latest project from Cookie A's Sock Innovation, Devon was made with Bearfoot from Mountain Colors that I have had this in my stash for quite a while.

I like the "tonal" effect rather than using a variegated. It really made the pattern pop.  

I had started out with my Addi Turbo's, but changed over to my bamboo double pointed because the yarn was a little slick and I kept dropping stitches. The bamboo needles helped keep the stitches on the needle. 

As with all of Cookie A's patterns, I highly recommend the use of lifelines. I used a size two needle and am still second guessing whether or not I should have used a size one instead. It is my hope that the socks will draw up a little. 

They fit well and look great. I really love the way Cookie A designs the ribbing to flow with the pattern, without seeing any break. I have learned from this project, however, that you should use a larger size needle for the ribbing as it tends to be a little bit tighter than the pattern of the sock.