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1. April 2010 19:58
by Jobo
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Iron Knitter - All over but the Crying!

1. April 2010 19:58 by Jobo | 1 Comments

After several months of knitting socks for the Iron Knitter competition... I'm sad to say it's all over for now.  The last round featured an interesting pattern - again, not one I would have necessarily have chosen on my own, but definitely a learning experience.

Pattern 6:  Meander by Lisa Stichweh

I liked the idea of a cable running around the ankle and then onto the foot... but I wasn't crazy about the cables themselves.  Now that's not to say they weren't perfectly good cables, I just have an issue with symmetry, so I didn't enjoy the fact that one of the "rope" strands was 1 stitch wide, and the other was 2 stitches wide.  It just felt lopsided as I was working on it, though I will admit it looked fine and not funny at all when the socks were completed.

I also found the seemingly random placement of ribbing stitches to be a bit challenging.  Usually when there is ribbing there is a regular pattern of knits and purls (i.e. k1p1, or k2p2, or even k2p1, etc.)  but in this case there was a non-repeating distribution of knits and purls.  This made it quite difficult to get into any sort of rhythm in knitting this area, although I will admit that I did get better at following along knitting and purling as the row before.  I would try and sneak a peek at the next 2-3 stitches, work those and then sneak a peek at the next few, and so on.

The most challenging part of the sock was following the pattern with the travelling cable across the ribbing.  In a way it reminded me of the Cookie A.  "Kai Mei" socks that I finished after Christmas, and the way that the lace panel travelled it's way across the sock, though in the case of the "Meander" socks, you had 2 cables travelling from the back of the sock to the front where they met in the middle and converged to end in one cable on the top of the foot.

 

finished meander 2

In the end, I was happy with the socks, though I think the yarn is maybe a little too busy in color variation to properly show off the cables on the socks.  I might overdye them to be a more solid purple.  I still have to think about it for a while.

The pattern was quite well written and easy to follow... I would recommend it to anyone who wants a cabley challenge :)

So who won the contest?   Well needless to say, it wasn't me... but I wasn't as far off as I thought I might be.  The winner was Ember (who coincidentally was on Team Canada also?!)  and she completed her entire pair in around 18-19 hours!  You know you have a hard core knitter when you find someone willing to knit on through the night without sleep to win a knitting contest! 

Your favorite Jobo finished in 5th Place :)  I couldn't stay up all night (I think my hands might have fallen off, and I get cranky when I don't sleep enough)  so I knit the first sock completely on Saturday, and woke up early Sunday and completed sock number two before bedtime.

Congratulations to Ember and to all of the knitters who participated in Iron Knitter!  It was great to meet you all, and I hope to keep in touch!

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Stay tuned for more Iron Knitter Wrap-Up Posts... I have a couple of surprises for you!

Comments (1) -

Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I'd like to write like this too - taking time and real effort to make a good article... but what can I say... I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done

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