Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Yarn Along 2016.5: Keeping Cadence

Welcome, friends. This first Wednesday of February is warm and windy here.  It rained pretty much all night (oh, the snow we could have had if only it were 20 degrees colder.  Probably enough to ride the snowmobiles through the field. . .)  This morning was foggy, then sunny, and now that it's afternoon more clouds are moving in and the wind is picking up.  Doesn't seem much like February so far; more like the beginning of March.

Either way, I'm joining Ginny's Yarn Along now that I'm home from work.

I've gotten quite a bit done on my Cadence socks in the past week.  I even knit an extra repeat of the first chart (this pattern has three charts) in order to make the leg portion a little longer--I'm planning to use these as boot socks under my dressage boots--and I'm still within a handful of rows of dividing off for the heel.

I know I say this about nearly everything I knit, but I really like this pattern.  I love the way it looks, and I love how quickly it is knitting up.  Seeing not one, not two, but three separate charts in the pattern (and no written 'translation' for the charted portions) I was a little intimidated at first.  I'm glad now that I decided to forge ahead and just knit on faith.  Because the charts are very very easy to follow and I am going to have a pretty impressive pair of socks when I'm done.

Chart A 4 times, then chart B once, then chart C twice, 
a slight rotation in needles and most of chart B for a second time.
Heel coming in 5 rows or so . . . 

This pattern is definitely a keeper. I wish my camera would pick up the true green color of the yarn; these are not blue socks!

Last week I mentioned that I had just started reading Plain Truth.  It turned out to be a very gripping story (in a good way, not a scary one if you--like me--are not into horror stories).  I finished the book on Saturday, I think.  Anyway, I recommend it if you like mysteries and/or stories about the Amish way of life. Actually, some of the portrayals reminded me of my own Germanic upbringing and the standards I have.  In that way, it was not only entertaining (the reason we read fiction, right?) but also insightful.