Alluvial Deposits – A Sock Pattern

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Long time readers of this blog know that I have a special place in my heart for fibre space. It is one of many yarn stores in this area, but it is the one that I think of when I speak of my LYS. They have great yarn; they have great staff; and they foster a creative community. They are also the place where I designed my first sock pattern. I’ve been fortunate to have fibre space host some of my earlier patterns, and tonight, I’m happy to announce that fibre space has published my latest pattern, Alluvial Deposits.

An alluvial deposit is clay or silt or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down. These deposits can contain valuable minerals like diamonds. The stitch pattern forms diamonds hence the leap that my brain made when naming this pattern. It really only has to make sense to me. :)

The pattern uses twisted stitches and cables. I know, it’s a shocker. I originally made these using Bugga!, but when writing the pattern, I made a point of including four sizes so they can be worked with any solid/semi-solid sock yarn. As with most of my patterns, the socks are mirrored. It helps me combat second sock syndrome. Hopefully, other knitters will agree.

fibre space has made the pattern available for free, so go get your sock on. They have a nifty print button at the bottom of the page, which you can use to convert the pattern into a PDF if you want to print.

Get The Pattern

Also, to follow up on last week’s post, thanks to everyone who wished Rooney well. He is mostly recovered, and is happily free of the cone of shame. When he’s not sleeping, he’s running around like a maniac. I think he’s rejoicing at being free of the cone. The other cats have returned to normal, so all is well with the feline world.

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If It Could Go Wrong

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It’s been a week, just ask Rooney. I was happily knitting, gearing up for the holidays, planning to go to a party last night, and then the blue collar happened. Rooney has a feline posterior issue, hence the cone of shame and the pathetic look on his face. It’s nothing that won’t heal, but it did manage to throw an expensive wrench into my life. I’m thinking of renaming him Vet Bill. Two of my other cats are afraid of him since he’s wearing the collar, and last night I got to spend the evening refereeing the Kitty Cold War instead of hanging out with friends. I’d lock them all in rooms, but there is another tabby in this house who is a master at opening doors. Things have mostly calmed down, thankfully, and hopefully  the collar comes off tomorrow.

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The colorful sock would have been perfect. It is an easy stitch pattern, and bright colors are always a cure for misery, particularly with the gloomy weather that we’ve been happening. Unfortunately, this project has turned into a gauge lesson. I really like the funky stripes on the leg. I really don’t like the pooling on the foot. I expected the yarn to behave differently on the foot since the gauge on the stockinette sole is different from the gauge on the instep. I really didn’t expect such extreme pooling though. I’m not happy with it, but I haven’t ripped back just yet because of feline posterior issues. I plan on preserving the leg & heel. I just need to work out what to do once it’s been ripped.

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Colorful Compromise

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After last week’s post, I decided to compromise. I finished the front of the sweater. It was only about 12 rows away from being finished, so it seemed silly not to. I’d show a picture, but it hasn’t been blocked, so it looks like a big blue blob. Once that was out-of-the-way, I started playing with the crazy sock yarn. It took a few tries to come up with something that I like that looks decent with this yarn. With all those bright crazy colors and that black stripe running through it, it’s a challenge to come up with something that isn’t just plain stockinette. The real challenge for me is to keep it simple. Anything complicated just gets lost in this yarn. I think this looks OK. There is also a difference between the Spud and Chloë that I used in the cuff and the Wild Hare Fiber Studio in the thickness of the yarns. I don’t think that it’ll be an issue, but it does show that not all fingering weight yarns are the same.

I’m leaning towards a short row heel with this pair. I’m afraid adding a gusset with all that bright craziness will yield some strange pooling. I could be wrong, but I’ve decided to go with my gut on this one.

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Ellington Socks

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I’m still on the finishing spree. I completed Ellington Socks this week, and I love this pattern. They look just as cool from the back as they do from the front and the sides.

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That Cookie A really knows what she’s doing. Of course, me being me, I’m prone to liking twisted rib cabling things.

When I updated my project page on ravelry, I realized that I started these in May, so these have been a long haul project. It was fun to knit someone else’s pattern & not have to work out the details in my head for a change. (Not to worry, I’m still designing).

The yarn is Miss Babs Tarte, which was a good choice due to the yardage. I made the largest size, and the legs are quite long. These would have required 2 skeins of the standard 400 yard sock yarn no doubt.

This leaves me with one project on the needles, the big blue sweater. I’m having an internal debate about finishing that or starting something new and playful. There’s some crazy wild yarn staring at me that wants to be played with.

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Green and Purple Socks

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Just before my fever started spiking last week, I finished these socks. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to photographing them before I lapsed into the haze.

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Of course, now that I’m feeling better, it’s overcast outside, so no photos on my actual feet. The disembodied feet will have to do.

Yes, I know the pattern isn’t mirrored, and that seems unlike me. As I was pulling together the charts after the first sock was finished, I decided to let things be. That really is the best reason I can give anyone for why they aren’t mirrored. Now that I’m looking at these pictures, I do think the instep would not look right if the socks were mirrored. I can’t really explain it.

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All that said, I’m really happy with all the tweaks from the original prototype of these socks. Allowing the motif to wrap around the leg without interruption makes me happy. I also mixed things up with an eye of partridge heel. I love the way it looks, but I won’t lie, it can be annoying to knit.

The socks required just under 1 skein of the green yarn and just over 1 skein of the purple. I have an absurd amount of Spud and Chloë Fine in these color ways so don’t be surprised if this pairing crops up again.

Now that these are off the needles, I’m feeling the urge to finish some things. Ellington has been languishing for too long, so I’ll probably try to get those wrapped up in the next week. Then there is that sweater.

Of course, I completely reserve the right to completely change my mind and cast on for something else. :)

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