I was very excited to read on Vickie Howell's blog that HGTV will be showing the current season of Knitty Gritty. I might have to lock up my credit card while they do because I've already started being too inspired by the show. This Monday the showed an episode with Cat Bordhi during which she demonstrated a Coriolis sock. This is a toe up sock, which starts with a garter square and has no gussets. Needless to say, I was intrigued. On Wednesday I went to Purlescence and bought four skeins of Panda Cotton in two different colors and a size 6 47" Addi Lace turbo circular needle.
Cookie was there but I can't place any of the blame for this purchase on her shoulders. She was trying to talk me into some Blue Moon Fiber Arts Bambu. I resisted that. Well, this time. I have a hank of it from a previous trip to Purlescence with Cookie. I still don't know what to do with it. That's another post though.
Anyway, I started the sock on the size 6 needle but it was too big. I went down to size 4s and I think I'm still a bit off gauge but it fits pretty well and I think this yarn shrinks so I'm fine with them being a touch big to start off.
This pattern is pretty fast and fun to knit. Holding two strands together certainly helps with the speed, of course. That and abandoning all of your other projects to only knit it. Oops. I don't know if this pattern is in Cat Bordhi's most recent sock book, which I think is called New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I thought it was already out but I didn't see it at the store, on her site or on Amazon so maybe it's not out yet. I definitely want to look at it at some point, though. This pattern has intrigued me to say the least!
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