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3. September 2010 10:30
by Jobo
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Back to the Loch with ye Nessie... IK2 Round 1 Socks

3. September 2010 10:30 by Jobo | 0 Comments

loch ness fog close upOne thing is for certain - while the patterns for these competitions are not always the type of design I would choose for myself, I definitely learn something from each one.

I have made it up past the cuffs and through the first pattern repeat of my Out of Town in London Fog Socks... and haven't managed to tangle my yarn or contort my circulars in too many nasty ways.  One thing is certain of the 2-at-a-time magic loop technique - it is very fiddly to get started, but not that bad once the tube is established for each sock.  I found the first half-dozen rows it felt like the tube was twisting, and I had to really try hard not to accidentally "mobius" the cuff.  After a dozen rows though, it was easy to see where I was at all times, and I was learning how to place my needles for the most comfortable knitting position.

As for the pattern, it is well written, and so far creating a pleasing textured fabric... but I sooooo wish it was lace or something!  I'm dying to cable something, or knit a few stitches together, or make a couple of Yarn Overs or something.  I know that other people enjoy these knit-purl stitch patterns, but I really don't think they are for me.  I'm sure the finished socks will look nice in the end, but I am really challenging myself to get them done.  I think it is fortunate that I'm working two at a time, because I know I'd have a rough time to finish the second at this rate...

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