Cookie A rocks my world

So, the finished socks. You know, the ones I finished out of order (fourth before third) cause they were so much freakin’ fun to knit. You wanna see them?

Frankly, I think they’re awesome. Now, this may sound like tooting my own horn, but all the credit goes to Cookie A here. Her Sock Innovation book really just keeps thrilling me. This pattern is called Lindsay, and I made absolutely no modification to it. It was perfect as it was. And it was an total joy to knit.

You start off with a few rounds in garter stitch, and then go on to the lace pattern. I’ve found that I love lace patterns that create a sort of “ladder” effect. You know, where you repeat the same motif over and over, and it sort of stacks up. Ah, let me show you.

Now, I know you won’t believe me, but it is actually really easy to do. And that’s the best thing about it. When you get a motif which looks so lovely and complex, but is actually simple enough to memorize after a few repeats and work on almost mindlessly during knit night, then you know you got a winner.

But you know what? Despite the yummy motif, my favourite part are the soles.

I love the contrast that the stockinette creates to the lace and the garter stitch heel. It sort of pulls you in, and says “Relax. Rest from the busyness of that lace. Just come here and be still for a minute.”

And there’s garter on the other end as well, to keep those chilly toes extra warm.

All in all, this pattern was satisfying in every possible way. It was enjoyable to knit, difficult to put down, and the end result is ever so pleasing. I would highly recommend it. And it didn’t even use all that much yarn! I’d say I still have about 35% of the skein left. And that with the shopkeeper having told me that there was no way this skein would be enough for a full pair of socks…

Well it was. Enough for a pair of very awesome socks indeed. And now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go look up some more Cookie A patterns… ;)

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

29 thoughts on “Cookie A rocks my world

  1. Oh dear. Now I have another pattern to tempt me.

    Those socks look lovely. And I think it is fine to finish 4th socks before 3rd socks. But if you do 5th socks before 3rd socks…..

  2. The thing I’m loving most about them in that they’re in the same pattern as my Big Wool Kim Hargreaves jacket. So I’m used to seeing the shells HUGE and yours are TEENY, I’m easily amused.

  3. Ah yes, stacking patterns, aka the ladders. I love them really, but they seem too much like an invitation for my housemate’s cat to climb up my leg (something it does with frustrating regularity already, ruining many pairs of perfectly good tights in the process) to be allowed in my house ;)

    Also, what Mooncalf said. I am also easily amused.

  4. I love the socks – but what is even better is your enthusiasm for them. Makes the day a bit lighter. (How can knitting socks do that? But it does – and only another knitter would understand).

  5. Great photos of a great pattern and FO! I think I may have said this about another pair of your awesome completed socks: how will you ever want to cover those socks with a pair of shoes?!?

  6. Oh Sheesh, will you make me some? They are beautiful, and I never thought I could say that about a pair of socks. I will pay top dollar ;).
    I had to come let you know that I have needles, and yarn! And a willing and patient friend! Shall have to let you know how it goes.

  7. To be honest, I’m not feeling the pattern but what I love is how much YOU love it.

    I’m in a knitting funk at the moment and can’t remember the last time anything got me so excited so it’s nice to live it through someone else. thanks.

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