Pattern: Kai-Mei by Cookie A
Yarn: Regia Line Steps Color in 5369, .7 skein
Needles: US 1
Date started: May 3, 2014
Date completed: May 26, 2014
This is the first Cookie A pattern I knit. It’s from the book Sock Innovation, which I got as a gift a while back. I picked the yarn first for this project. Since I’m really trying to work down my stash and knit with what I have, I chose one of the oldest sock yarns I had in my stash. This skein of Regia was purchased the same time as a few other skeins of sock yarn at an LYS that was having a moving sale. That was six years ago. I knit some of the skeins, but not others. This one was still left. I think I never knit with it because it is a bit boring, just a bunch of grays and not particularly pretty ones. I think I was wrong about that, though. You probably can’t tell in the picture, but in the light gray there are subtle variations, besides the bits of darker gray you can see. Anyway, I wanted to knit something interesting for yarn I thought was a bit boring. I also wanted to knit something out of this book because I had it for a while and hadn’t used it. So here we are.
I am an experienced sock knitter, but I have to say this pattern confused me a bit here and there. In order to get the lace to go from the side to the top of the foot, the gusset decreases aren’t in the typical places. I was sort of able to get my head around that, just followed the directions even though my sock-making instincts told me otherwise, and it worked.
There were also a few places toward the end of the pattern, getting toward the toe, where the instructions weren’t clear to me. I don’t know if it was written poorly or if my brain just wasn’t working. As I knit more patterns from this book I guess I will find out.
I’m putting a dent in my yarn. These socks used 321.5 yards of yarn, meaning I have now knit 86.3% of the yards I have purchased so far in 2014. Again, this doesn’t include the fingerless mitts, sweater, and the new sock I have in progress. I need to finish more of those up, because, um, I just joined a sock club. More on that later.