I’m feeling really inspired to knit monogamously lately. I think it’s because of Maria of Subway Knits and her “Queue-a-long,” in which participants are encouraged to only knit patterns from their individual queues.
The pattern is really very easy—I memorized it within a few repeats and was able to cart the socks along with me without having to pull out a sheet of paper every so often. I worked all of the twisted stitch cables without a cable needle, and this pattern is really great for practicing cabling without a cable needle—short columns of twisted stitches that are cabled and a little bit of traveling stitch work. I love the look of twisted stitches, the pop they have, how they leap off the purled background just a little bit more.
The pattern called for a short row heel, and I went along with that, working it in reverse stockinette stitch. Part of me wishes I’d worked a heel flap and carried the twisted stitches down the heel, but not enough to make me dissatisfied with the socks. I also went a bit off script and worked a reverse stockinette sole—that’s right, I purled. A lot. By choice. But with the reverse stockinette background to the twisted stitch pattern, I truly felt that the reverse stockinette soul would feel more cohesive.
The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock lightweight in their “Jasper” colorway. Based on the skein, I was expecting a slightly more uniform variation in the tonalities of the color, but I still love the way the yarn knit up. The fabric is squishy and the stitch definition is superb.
These were a pretty fast knit, coming together in a little more than a week. I’m thinking my sock-knitting mojo may be coming back with the weather; after all, more and more days feel like days for warm knitted items right now.