so i pretty much finished all the 'Macedonian appropriate'(my term) heavy
men's long socks from my last post. i decided to tackle a project a friend
asked me to do, which is to copy a pair of women's Thracian traditional socks
for him. after working on the thick men's socks, using inexpensive synthetic
heavy 4 ply yarn and #8 needles, it was a real challenge readjusting to using
small needles ( #1) and fine yarn ( finger weight).
I am embarrassed to admit that it took me 3 tries to cast on and start them - everything just seemed so small! finding the right yarn is always a problem. traditionally, these are knitted with tightly spun 1 ply yarn. i started off using some tight spun 1 ply yarn I bought in Greece, but it is inconsistently spun, which was making the gauge incorrect ( you can see from the slant of the flowers in the bottom section that my yarn/gauge was too heavy. so after the green section i switched to some commercial yarn - Cascade Heritage. it is beautiful and consistent, though not quite tightly spun for me. oh yeah, and pricey too!
if the first one comes out OK, then i guess i need to start the 2nd one the same
way with the same 'switch' of yarn. i fear i might not not be happy with the
end result. if so, i'll chalk it up to 'tuition'. here's what it is looking
like after day 3. i hope to knit some every day to see how long it will take.
it certainly is not fast like the heavy socks.
i should have started these 'around the neck' as it makes color changes quicker. i think i'll finish this
one,then do its mate 'around the neck' and compare the experience and
quickness of each technique. if i knit flat, my purl sides( of stockinette) i
try to do around the neck as it is easier for me to purl that way.
anybody else here do color work/stranding around the neck?
Day 4. added some pics of day 4. not a whole lot of progress, but i finished the next band of pattern. pics are a little washed out.
i am showing also the reverse side as the reverse sides - the soles- are usually knitted differently than the top side. the top side is made more elaborate, while the reverse side is often done in simple patterns(diagonal stripes, diamonds, etc) that knit up quickly and get the yarn strands back to the beginning!. in this case, in this area, they seem to knit the same design as the front, they just don't 'ornament' with additional colors.
boy does this need a good blocking when it is done! actually, 'blocking' is not done in these areas. they can appear to be blocked, but it is because they are stored pressed under weight ( usually in chests or drawers under piles of blankets)