On the weekend I was able to give my sister Adele an early birthday present – a finished pair of socks! These are the fabulous Kai-Mei socks from Cookie A’s Sock Innovation.
We had a photo shoot on Sunday morning before she headed home but she wore them overnight, since Canberra is now officially cooling down, and said she was very happy with them.
This sock yarn, Vintage Purls in ‘Tuesday’s Child’ was a gift from Shelley, and I knew early on they would be for Adele. The colour is perfect for her (even if it is on her feet and not near her face!) It began life as the first pattern for the Super Special Six Pattern Sock Club I’m part of – the Shur’tugal socks but I didn’t like the pattern and DrK suggested Kai-Mei. She was spot on. After a bit of a hiccup in the beginning I settled quickly into making that lovely lace panel that runs along the side curve of each foot and before I knew it, they were finished. Three weeks from start to finish. Easy peasy. Even all that rib on the leg didn’t take too long in the end. They flew off the needles. It helped I had a deadline with Adele visiting. I do so love a deadline knit. Nothing spurs me on to finish like a point to work towards.
And like many patterns by Cookie A, they were fun, a bit challenging and ultimately something that stretched me. Yay for Growth As A Knitter (GAAK – thanks to RoseRed as always for the term!).
I’d always looked at this pattern and wondered if the holes would render them a bit pointless in cold weather. Perhaps if you live in the icy northern hemisphere, then perhaps they’re a questionable choice. But in Sydney’s mild winter, I’m sure they’ll be fine.
By the end I was so taken with the Honeybee lace stitch that I’m keen to try other patterns that use it, like Laura Chau’s Honeybee cardigan, although I’m not convinced I’d suit such a cropped cardigan.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the chance to learn something new and to make a pattern I’ve admired for a couple of years. And I don’t mind that I didn’t make the first pattern in the club – as we all keep reminding ourselves, there are NO knitting police!
Willem wanted to be in on the photo shoot too. Who am I to turn him down?
And now my sister has a new pair of winter socks – just as well really since the last pair I made for her finally gave up the ghost last winter with a massive, unfixable hole in the heel. She was well overdue for a new pair.