Monday, February 11, 2008

Finished: Salish Sea Socks

Pattern: Salish Sea Socks by Cat Bordhi (December 2007 Rockin' Sock Club shipment)
Yarn: Socks That Rock mediumweight (100% superwash merino), colorway Bella Coola/Nuxalk, one skein
Needles: one 32" US 1 (2.5 mm) Knit Picks circular, worked magic loop
Started/Completed: January 30/February 10
Mods: none

These were my first foray into the world of Cat Bordhi -- a journey that I found to be highly entertaining. These socks weren't hard to knit, so to speak, but they were challenging in that they are not constructed in the "normal" sock way and thus require a fair amount of attention. They are started at the toe with only a small number of stitches, which are increased in a spiral to create a rounded toe. The arch expansion (which is done instead of gusset increases) is achieved through the wavy lace pattern on the instep.

The cuff of the sock is worked in a predominantly garter stitch pattern. It has no negative ease but doesn't seem to fall down (though I've yet to wear these for more than a minute or two).

Here is a close-up shot of the toes. They look very interesting, but at the moment they feel a little funny. I have a feeling a nice soak and block will smooth them out.

The Mister is out of town again for a few days this week, and I plan on using the time alone to work through as much of the stash as possible (especially because a good portion of the stash will soon be going to live at my parents'). First on the agenda this evening is to do a little embroidery on the last of the three BSJs and then block them all, because I heard from my mother-in-law earlier in the evening that the triplets have been born!


  1. Very pretty STR! I've become addicted to the Whirlpool Toe, although I'm itching to do one with Judy's Magic Cast-On. The book has several socks that end with the top-down version of the Whirlpool Toe as well. I'm amazed at how well it fits! I swear, that woman is a genius!

    Hope you get a snow day! :)

  2. Pretty STR! I'm trying to hold off starting on the Cat Bordhi socks...I really want to finish Monkey #2 and then the Rock & Weave socks (which are now moving right along since I've switched to addi's). I'm envious that you'll have a couple of days of alone time to get knitting done...I'd kill for that chance right about now!!

  3. Lovely! Dig those colors, too. I'm looking through the New Pathways book now trying to figure out which pattern to take on first. It's very interesting to see where she puts the increases!

  4. So fun to see that Bella Coola knot up, nice work!

  5. Anonymous5:34 PM

    Definitely a great sock club kit! I've never tried the whirlpool toe, but it looks very cool. I'm more excited than ever now to take Cat Bordhi's sock class next week.

    I hope those BSJ's block quickly. Sounds like they are going to be needed soon!

  6. The sock construction sounds really interesting -- they definitely remind me of the sea!

    Your yarn haul from the festival is very nice. Yay for Vera LL and all the other yarns are beautiful as well!

    Your handspun yarns are pretty -- I'm going to have to take a spinning class sometime soon, myself.

    Oh yes, before I forget: I love your Bird in Hand mittens : )