Finished socks / Next project

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

As part of a "March Madness" challenge on a Ravelry group I belong to, we were to pick 3 projects to accomplish during March. Mine were: 1) The Skype beanie. 2) Finish the "Spiraling Purl" socks. 3) Begin a new project with the 2nd skein of yarn used for the socks.

Well, I've already posted the finished hat and sock #1, so here is the finished pair of socks and Project #3 in its early stages.

It is a liturgical stole for a friend of mine, Lynn, who is the minister at a local Presbyterian church. I have no idea how long this will take to finish as the Linen stitch on size US3 / 3.25mm needles takes a bit of time. However, she approves of the fabric and I think it is going to do all right.

I hope the photos came out okay as I am still trying to remain steady as I take them.

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CLABBERS's picture

Joe, I just reread your

Joe,
I just reread your post. I have been playing around with one- and two-color linen stitch. I am now the proud owner of a 4" x 4" coaster. Like you said, it takes a great deal of concentration, but I do love the finished project. I would hate to look back a row or two and see a mistake because I don't know any easy way to go fix it without frogging back to the error then reknitting.

Mark

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

You are right...it is very

You are right...it is very tricky to fix a mistake. I've had to drop a stitch and ladder down to redo a mistaken purl stitch, putting in the correct slip stitch. Just last night, I had to drop it 3 times before getting it fixed as I missed one of the ladders. You really have to concentrate and think about it. However, I do like the fabric. [That may not be true by the time I've knit several yards worth, but it is so far.]

Bill's picture

I really like linen stitch

I really like linen stitch too! It allows one to almost "weave" with colour....
I knitted a waistcoat fabric in linen stitch....

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Bill. That is why I

Thanks, Bill. That is why I chose linen stitch to begin with: One of our Retreat members took the 2 skeins of yarn and wove a simple scarf out of them as warp and weft. The way the colors interacted made me want a similar effect from knitting. That made linen stitch a perfect choice. Now that I'm knitting the fabric on size 5 needles [3.75 mm] the woven look is quite interesting, even though a tighter gauge makes the texture resemble linen canvas.

Bill's picture

we've been having a

we've been having a discussion on ravelry about linen and wool. The bible forbids the use of the two fibres in one garment. Wonder if Jewish law would allow "linen stitch" and wool?
(grin)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Hmmm...interesting point.

Hmmm...interesting point. However, since I'm neither a Talmudic - nor Rabbinic - scholar, I shall have to pass on that question. ;-P

santaml's picture

Great sock lovely spring

Great sock lovely spring colors

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thank you, Luis. The yarn was

Thank you, Luis. The yarn was inspired by a photo of a mountain meadow that was taken by QueerJoe.

CLABBERS's picture

Nice socks. I like the

Nice socks. I like the colors. You can wear them with anything! Which Ravelry group do you belong to?

Mark

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks. The group is Wyoming

Thanks. The group is Wyoming Fiber Skeinks, a group of Wyoming craftspeople and those with ties to my home state. Small, but fun.

Crafty Andy's picture

Nice Job!

Nice Job!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks very much, Andy.

Thanks very much, Andy.

Thunderhorse54's picture

Your photos came out

Your photos came out great!!!! I love those socks!! That linen stitch looks like it takes the patience of a saint!!! LOL. But, it looks marvelous. I'm sure your friend will love it when it's done. Terry

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Terry. I hope the

Thanks, Terry. I hope the socks feel as comfortable as the sport weight version I knit some years ago. The linen stitch is a bit trying as I have to make certain I don't purl my slip stitches on the knit side because of knitting so much ribbing over the years. LOL Then, keeping my purls and slips in order on the wrong side is a moment of concentration, also.

Anyhow, my friend does like the fabric and I think it will be lovely when finished. Even though I'm having to change needle sizes again - I keep forgetting that the linen stitch is going to shrink in on itself because of the slip stitches involved.