I finally got around to finishing a project that I started quite a while ago. I belong to the group "Sock Knitter Anonymous" on ravelry.com and took up the "Sockdown September '13" challenge. I don't know what made me think I could possibly do this with all my schoolwork and other obligations. I put the project on hold and didn't pick it up again until the fall of 2014.
The parameters were to use one of Jennie Cartmel's patterns in a tropical colored theme. I was anxious to try something new, since I had never seen any of Jennie Cartmel's designs. I chose her Magic Mirror Socks, a "toe up" construction. I had only knit one other "toe up" pair of socks and was looking to hone my skills and get a change of routine. The pattern offered easy to follow directions with large charts and
helpful links. I used a Size 1 (2.25mm) needle instead of the
recommended Size 0 (2.00mm). The Chroma doesn't give much stretch and I
felt that a the 2.00mm needles wouldn't be large enough, even if I make
the largest size.
For the yarn, I chose Knit Picks Chroma Fingering weight yarn in the Lollipop colorway. I instantly fell in love with this colorway and felt it was a perfect match for the tropical theme. Knit Picks Chroma Fingering is a soft, smooshy, under-spun yarn and one 100g ball will easily make two socks with room to spare. I was able to get a nice tight fabric, but because the yarn is underspun, you must be very careful as it's not easily unraveled. Unfortunately I had to do this several times when I got to the heel portion of the sock. I ripped out the heel of the first sock more than I wanted, but I refused to give up. After trying many different methods, I reverted back to the instructions of the pattern. The cuff was ten rows of ribbing, finishing with Jeny's "Super Stretchy Bind Off" which you can easily find on you tube.
I would love to do this pattern again with a completely different yarn to see what result I get.