I have long admired the clever design that is Pomatomus. Thousand have knit this pattern since it first appeared in Knitty Winter 2005. That was also the issue that contained the famous Mrs. Beetons, Thuja, Tempting II, and Danica.
But I digress, this is about my adventures in Pomatomatry. With knitting up my stash at the forefront, I pulled out some of my older sock yarn, two skeins of Cherry Tree Hill. The blue skein was made up of such vibrant blues, green, and purples that they were destined to become a pair of socks named after a Blue Fish. Sock one went swimmingly and I was surprised that I finished in a little over a week. The holidays got in the way and I started some other projects, fully intending to cast on the mate. When I did, disaster came in may forms. I bungled the heel turn several times. When I finally got it right I put the socks side by side and realized the unfinished one was smaller. I revisited page 2 of the pattern only to realize that, in my haste, I grabbed the wrong size needles. The socks were to be knit on a size 2, not a size 1! I unravelled, yet again. At least I can speak up for the fortitude that the sock yarn had shown up to this point. I cast on with my old dusty, trusty DPN's and knit like a fiend.
Here are the results. I think they are the finest pair of socks that I have made to date. I love the clever pattern and the colours in the photos don't do the socks justice.
So what do i have on my needles now?
I'm working on Nutkin, the second of the Cherry Tree Hill skein bought so many years ago from Seattle's Little Knits. This is also a sock fraught with disaster, this time involving the trails and tribulations of the short row heel. The heel had so many holes in the gusset that I had to correct to problem. Again, many hours of knitting and reknitting until I decided to let go of the intended heel and just knit a simple heel flap. I am knitting the gusset and plan on an early April finish.
I have more knitting to share, in the form of two delicious knits, one of which arrived in the mail last week. The other one is still at large. This will have to wait for another post.
To cap off the week, Yarn Miracle is hosting the Wee Tiny Sock Swap. I couldn't resist. I am knitting up my little sock as we speak and sending it, Monday, to my swap partner on the Pacific Coast. Never mind, done.
Here is my completed Wee Tiny Sock...