Like much of North America, it’s been spectacularly, depressingly cold around here lately. The kind of cold where you put on at least three layers before heading out, smirking about how you’ve planned this outfit so well that no cold shall penetrate your shell. Until one gust of -30F wind hits you straight on in the face and you run for the closest heated area in your vicinity. It’s the kind of cold where you wish you could shirk all responsibility and never, ever, ever leave your warm, comfortable, perfect bed every again. It’s the kind of cold that makes you very glad you on a lovely pair of woolen socks (or two or three).
Project: Prairie Spring Socks
Pattern: Prairie Spring by devonshire Knots
Yarn: Knit Picks Hawthorne in Belmont
After a long-distance love affair with Tahnée’s socks, I had to make myself a pair. (In a blatent copycat moment), I was hoping to grab some graffiti yarn at the Boxing Day sale, but they didn’t have any in fingering weight, so I pulled some Knit Picks Hawthorne out of my stash and got to work over the holiday break.
These socks seemed to come together in no time at all. I worked these one-at-a-time because I knew the traveling stitches would give me a nightmarish headache if I tried to figure them out working two-at-a-time magic loop. I didn’t have even an inkling of second sock syndrome. The pattern is completely intuitive, and once you get started it is really hard to put them down.
I was a wee bit worried that the 72-stitch cast on would be too big for my feet, especially with my gauge being 1 stitch off, so I went with 64 stitches instead. But the twisted stitches make them super tight to get over my heels, so I would suggest sticking with the larger cast on and maybe adjusting the number of stitches on the foot if they are coming out too big down there. Other than that, I didn’t make any other modifications and I would definitely knit this pattern again.
I also enjoyed working with the Hawthorne yarn – it is a beautiful, budget friendly choice for hand dyed sock yarns like Malabrigo or MadTosh. And if you get it on sale (like I did with the cyber Monday sale this year), it is an amazing deal on decent quality yarn. I’m wishing I had stocked up on more skeins now (one in every color!).
Stay warm out there, everyone (except poor Australia and the koala bears) and enjoy your lovely knits.