Lapse – a sock pattern

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Lapse

I’m taking a break from writing about the seemingly never-ending posts about the sweater in progress to announce the publication of a new sock pattern. Lapse is now ready for general consumption. The name of the pattern is a result of a thesaurus search using the word “slip.” Sometimes finding a name is the most difficult part of pattern design.

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In the universe of my sock patterns, this one is relatively simple. No twisted stitches, no cables, just a nice slipped stitch pattern that plays nicely with self-striping yarns. This is also first time I designed socks with a short-row heel. I wasn’t sure that a gusset would play nicely with the stripes.

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The pattern includes instructions for a contrasting cuff, heel, and toe, but that’s totally optional. Considering how wild this yarn was when working with it, I thought a nice solid cuff/heel/toe would help tame the madness.

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The pattern is available on ravelry for $5.00. It looks like it’s managed to find itself over on LoveKnitting, so EU customers should be able to purchase as well.

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A Bit of a Slow Down

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Most of my knitting time this week was occupied with a super secret project, so I didn’t make much progress with the sweater. I managed to finish using the leftover skein from the back to complete the neck shaping on the front. I really want to finish this project during this season so I can wear the sweater before putting it into summer storage, but I’m starting to have doubts. Despite the 8 inches of snow we received this week, the forecast looks like the temperatures will be getting progressively warmer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I’ll gladly sacrifice the ability to wear this sweater if it means warmer temperatures and no more shoveling snow. My back is still punishing me for Thursday’s endeavors. I’m also reasonably certain that the cats would like to stop sharing lap space with my knitting.

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Isn’t It Amazing What a Bath Can Do?

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I managed to finish the back of the sweater. Given where the cables were, I continued to work the swirly bits for the ribbing. Above, it looks a little drop shouldery, but after a bath the stockinette stops rolling.

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That looks better even with the horrible lighting (we’re experiencing the ever popular wintery mix right now). Even though I’ve been knitting for a while, I still can’t get over how much improved things look after a bath. It’s like blocking is magic.

If it looks lopsided, that’s because the picture was taken at a slightly awkward angle. Given the bad lighting conditions, I decided to declare victory and move on.

Given the relentless cold, I’m hoping to wear this sweater this season. Granted, I need to finish the front and the sleeves.

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Two Skeins Down

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This is probably a bit more than 2/3 of the back and the completion of the second skein of the yarn. With the temperatures being what they have been this week, I’m really wishing I had this sweater finished. That’s OK. I have plenty of other warm cozy things to wear. I am looking forward to seeing this post blocking. With the stockinette rolling the way that it is, it’s hard to have a sense of what this will look like for real.

The big challenge right now is keeping the momentum going on the sweater. Secret yarn for a secret project with a secret deadline showed up on Friday, so I’ve had to put the sweater down. I hope when said secret project is finished, it’s not too warm to pick this up.

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Cast On

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I said I was going to cast on a sweater, and there it is. It looks like a rumpled mess as these things always do before blocking. I made really good progress. For many reasons, I was working from home for most of this week, which means that I can knit during conference calls (we’ll just keep that between ourselves).

This is the back of the sweater which is why the neckline isn’t very deep. I suppose I could have added another repeat to the center cable and nixed the swirliness on the sides, but it made sense to me to do it this way. There is no pattern for this. It really is a case of slap it together and hope it works.

I must say, this yarn is great to work with. Since it’s not overly processed, there is a lot of lanolin in the yarn. This is doing a great job combatting the dry winter skin and cracked knuckles I usually experience in the winter. The benefits of knitting are endless.

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