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Knitting Pilgrimage

My new favourite blog to read is Knitting the Camino. Of course, I may be biased because it’s Nigel’s blog and he is my step-father. Nigel is walking across Northern Spain this month on a pilgrimage to Santiago. Along the way he’s knitting too. I love reading his descriptions of the people he meets, the wonderful scenery and the food he eats. I’m curious to know what knitting projects will keep him interested and how many socks he completes along the way. Nigel’s also fundraising for AlzheimerBC and mentioned that he’ll probably raise his goal since he reached it just as he started his trek.

embossed leaves

I’ve wanted to knit the Embossed Leaves socks (by Mona Schmidt in the Interweave Knits Winter 2005 issue) ever since I first saw the pattern. I thought I had the perfect yarn for the project. A lovely leafy green hand-painted sock yarn by the late Virginia Van Santen. I have a couple precious skeins of Virginia’s hand-painted and I’ve been saving them for the perfect project.

embossed detail

After knitting half the sock, I’m not so sure it is the perfect project for this yarn. There’s too much competition between the hand-painting and the lace pattern. When I stand up and look down at my feet on the floor, the stitch pattern is barely discernible. This is how I test a stitch pattern with a self-patterning or hand-painted yarn. If the stitch pattern doesn’t add an element of interest to the project from a distance of at least five feet, then it’s a wasted effort. I think I’ll have to sit on this for a while.

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