Saturday, August 19, 2006

slipped stitches

chocolate cake
Again I'm prefacing with a prettier-than-my-FO non-knitting photo. This is the cake I baked for my flatmate's birthday yesterday. Based on this recipe, it took three bars of full-sized Green & Black's 70% chocolate and five eggs. The redcurrents were a last-minute thought, but they balance the richness beautifully. All very yum.

Back to the knitting - I have another sock FO.

crusoe socks

Pattern: based on Crusoe but toe up with a dutch (square) heel (instructions for toe-up dutch heel found here).

I loved the stitch pattern, don't know what all this stuff about it lacking stretch is about (although this could be helped by the wonderful yarn, see below). Super-quick to knit with all those slipped stitches, and obviously it does what it is designed to do (i.e. show off variegated yarn).

I'd not tried a dutch heel before, toe-up or cuff-down so this was an experiment. I think it was a bit too square for me, and the heel is very wide. But I will reserve judgment till after I've warn them longer than just taking photos of my feet. The heel was lots of fun to knit, even more than short-rows (and I LOVE short rows). I might play around with variations on this to see if I can make a toe-up dutch heel I like better.

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in "Northern Lights".

The colours are a bit dark to come out well on screen, but are lovely. Although I've no idea why they choose the name "Northern Lights" which I imagine as being much paler (I've never seen the northern lights so could well be talking poo). The bright neon pinks and greens with dark blues and purples made me think of 80s disco lights more than anything else. I didn't have any trouble with the dye coming off on my needles or hands, which I've heard from a few other Cherry Hill users.

Other than colours, I once read this yarn described (along with STR & Koigu) simply as "a very nice merino". I think that says it all. It is warm and soft and squishy, which matches the thickness of the stranded pattern well. These are going to be very cozy socks.

I'll finish with a close up of the cake. I'm off to eat some more of it.

choc cake close up

15 comments:

Bagpuss said...

I've just cast on my second sock using the same yarn but a basic ribbed pattern, the colours are gorge and I just love the feel of the yarn. I have some in Spring frost in my stash so may use the Crusoe pattern for it as it does show off the variagation very well.
I now have my yarn ready tomake Rosalind, I have chosen Debbie Bliss merino aran in a chocolate and a sludgy green (as named by my mum). I will send you a link to pic when its compledted.

jess said...

The colours are indeed gorgeous, and I can sorta see why they call it "Northern Lights" - since depending on the intensity of the lights you can see, how far north you are, and whether there's a lot of light pollution around, you can see many more colours than just pale-ness. In fact, I've heard from other people, that occasionally you can actually HEAR the lights as well...

scarletprincess said...

OMG that cake looks amazing!!!! The socks look lovely, I'll get around to finishing my jaywalkers eventually.

sue said...

I was going to say the same thing about "hearing" lights (again, I've only heard of people hearing...)

the cake looks great - very grown up decoration

purls said...

Ah, so that is the secret of the toe-up dutch heel. I find they work (cuff-down) really well for my foot

Specs said...

Oooh, lovely cake! You may have inspired me to bake something today.

And I love CTH sock yarn, too. I made a Clapotis for my mother out of the Tropical Storm colorway (discontinued, I think), and it's absolutely gorgeous. It's too expensive for me to justify making socks out of though :)

Alexis said...

Oh my god, that cake is beautiful!

Anushka said...

Yum yum yum yum cake :)

(Nice sock, too)

nicole said...

Nice socks, CTH is nice and sproingy.

kath said...

I've been seeing so many of those crusoe socks - I must try it

Dee said...

The cake looks FABULOUS!!!

The socks ain't bad either. :-)

Anonymous said...

rats! the link to the cake recipe doesn't work.

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You did an excellent job with the cake and the socks. If I have to choose between those two I would choose the cake. It looks great.

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