Friday, October 18, 2013

On fire!

You knew it couldn't last long... right? I wouldn't survive long without a pair of socks on the needles. And today, I caved. I was up at Mom's helping get some new yarn ready for the shop (There's some shiny new Alley Cat in there now...)

I snagged one of these skeins and caked it/
This is Fire Starter. (There's a skein in the shop... and I can make more.)

Anyway, I finally talked Mom into watching Downton Abbey while I was there, but I didn't have any knitting with me... but I did have a caked skein!
The pattern is Hundred Acre Wood.
I chose it because, with a small modification (sl, k2tog, psso changed to sl2, k1, psso) it becomes the candle flame stitch... and what better for such a fiery yarn?

I also went down to a 2mm needle. Normally, I don't like knitting on needles that small, but I'd actually started the pattern a few months back, and the small size on 2.5mm was coming out HUGE. I also didn't like that the small size didn't have the purl stitch between the patterns that helps add definition. This yarn is so busy, it needs that definition. So, now I'm working on tiny needles, but the sizing is much better.

It's been fun knitting so far, but tomorrow, I really have to get back to the fingerless mitts... and then Lestrange... I'll have an update on that beauty soon....

6 comments:

Dee said...

Perfect pattern selection! :-)

Minding My Own Stitches said...

The yarn and pattern are prefect together. I've certainly found with the Socktopus patterns that you almost always need to go down a needle size or two to get a good fit. Thanks goodness for the project notes from other Ravelers! Alice Yu must be a really tight knitter!

Nancy Kay said...

Oh yeah! Gorgeous socks!

Rachelle said...

Very pretty and I agree the pattern is the perfect match for that yarn.

Araignee said...

They are going to be spectacular!

RobinH said...

Ooh, gorgeous! I couldn't have resisted either!