Monday, August 11, 2008

Cyfarchion

or "Greetings" in Welsh. Let me introduce the newest love of my life, my Welsh Country Stockings. I loved these instantly when I saw Mustaa Villaa's version. I do not have the pattern book so I just improvised a knee high version. This is my first stranded knitting project (be kind)which is a skill I am anxious to learn now. Any pattern suggestions for beginner stranding/ color work/ fair isle would be appreciated.

I have the strongest urge to go for a ramble on a misty morning, my loyal border collie Llywellyn at my side, The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W.H. Davies in the leather satchel slung round my back. Care to join me?




17 comments:

TLC said...

Your socks are wonderful!! I love the small touch of fair isle.

Sandra said...

your socks are gorgeous. can't believe you knit them up without a pattern! your first fair isle project to boot.

and as fair isle project suggests, mittens are a good way to go. my personal favorites are Endpaper Mitts and Anemoi Mittens by Eunny Jang and Bird in Hand by Kate Gilbert

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Wow! Those are some beautiful socks! Isn't fair isle fun?

You should write out the pattern and post it--I can think of several people who would love these socks for Christmas presents.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful! I am so impressed you improvised them.

amanda said...

The stockings are lovely - very hip, too! I've never tackled fair isle either and am curious to see what others suggest...

Tammy said...

I love 'em!! Yes, you definitely need to go on a ramble.

the Lady said...

Ooh, I love those!

I suggest always carrying each color in the same hand. (For example with my Selbuvotter mittens, I always carry the white yarn in my right hand and the green yarn in my left.) Also, if you modify a pattern so that you end up having long floats (say 5 stitches or more) that's okay, but make sure to twist the extra-long float so that it's trapped between the fabric and the other strand of yarn, so as to create a more even tension. I find that fairisle patterns are written so that one doesn't have to knit more than a few stitches without engaging the other color, but if you decide to do so, you've got to make sure your knitted fabric will lay flat and not pucker because you didn't leave the floats long enough, so wrapping them every few stitches will ensure that the floats are long enough. Make any sense?

Also, Eunny Jang's old blog has some tips, I believe.

Anyway, lovely socks!

elizabeth said...

Those are great, particularly for not having the pattern! Impressive!

amandajean said...

you know, I always say I love your socks, which is true. I do love them. but these....these blow. me. away. super duper nice job, heather.

Knitterella said...

Those are beautiful!!! and No pattern? Wow! Even more impressive!

Lolly said...

I am amazed that this is your first experience with colorowkr - you look like a seasoned pro! Colorwork is one of my favorite things to do, but I am relatively new to it still. YOu should try a yoked colorwork sweater!

mushroomvillagers said...

Wow- like everyone before me mentioned, these socks are gorgeous! I love the colors you chose and the simple elegant pattern.
Your knitting always amazes me- how do you get it done so fast?!

danielle said...

they are insanely cool! the colorwork is the perfect touch...

jessicrum said...

A lot of people seem to like using knitting thimbles. I haven't tried it, but I've always wanted to.
this kind looks like it would be the easiest to use. (to me)
Those are lovely socks. I hope you have a lot of fun making them.

Carmen said...

Those are about the most awesome socks EVER!

Emily said...

Beautiful! And perfect for...well...not August. :D

Jenny said...

I LOVE these stockings. Good job! I'm actually knitting legwarmies for my daughter - my first foray into pseudo-sock-knitting. Just a tube, not heel.

I've noticed some weird things happening, though, as I knit on dpns. Will have to make another trip to the LYS.

Thanks for the inspiration! Maybe one day I'll get to socks like these!