Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Cookies!

(not THAT kind of cookie!)

Cookie A. has made a name for herself in knitting-land for her interestingly-constructed and beautiful sock patterns. Like many, I first became aware of her work when I encountered the legions of knitters making her Monkey socks (that's Cookie in the picture!). I didn't make them though.

Then last winter I received a knitting-related book for Christmas, and wound up swapping it for Cookie's first book, Sock Innovation (amazon link). I admired and bookmarked it like crazy, but got distracted by other things (like the six months I spent on a sweater...) and didn't actually create any socks from the book.

This fall I went to a book signing party for her NEW book,  - and yes, bought a copy of the book. And finally I've actually cast some on!

I chose her Gothic Spire pattern. It's fiddly and has multiple charts and lots of things to pay attention to, and I couldn't begin to memorize the pattern, but it's quite fun nonetheless.

Part of the pattern requires slipping four stitches to another needle and wrapping them repeatedly, then knitting them. Some posters on Ravelry complained this reduced the stretchiness of the sock, so I was careful not to wrap too tightly. I also did only three repeats of the leg chart, rather than four, to avoid having snug sock hit the wider part of my calf. So far so good.


  1. SOOOOO Pretty! Nice work. I HATE HATE HATE to knit socks, so I always admire people who not only embrace it, but seek a challenge as well.

  2. Your blog is always a fun stop for me, whether your post is about food (my main interest) or some other adventure or project. To say thanks for sharing, I'm passing along the Stylish Blogger Award to you. If you'd like to read about it and pass it on, I've posted about it here: