I feel like I've been turning out the projects pretty quickly lately. I'm sure it has nothing to do with school being out for the summer and lengthy travels. Either way, I'm halfway to my knitting resolution goal of 4 pairs of socks in 2012. This pattern is Pillars by Lisa Sitchweh. I've had it queued for quite some time (possibly 2 years!) and when the designer came up as one of the Designers of the Month in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry, I figured now was as good a time as ever to get knitting.
For this pair I used Anzula's Squishy in Paprika. This is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend and I cannot sing its praises enough! While this isn't the first MCN blend I've used, there was something almost buttery about this yarn. It was not splitty at all and just slid through my fingers. Yarn heaven. However, I will warn that this yarn isn't cheap. One skein is about $34. I normally don't spend nearly that much on a skein of sock yarn but I will say that I am very pleased with the outcome.
For my pair of socks, I used about 70 grams (which is pretty typical for my sock size) leaving me about 45 grams left. Not enough for a second pair but maybe some mitts? We'll see. I made a 7" leg and used my standard short row heel instead of the flap and gusset suggested by the pattern. I can't wait to add this pair to my sock drawer!
Pattern: Pillars by Lisa Stichweh
Yarn: Anzula Yarn Squishy in Paprika
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) - 40" cable
Began: June 29
Completed: July 5