Friday, June 30, 2017

Fresh Off The Needles: Rose City Opal Rollers

I finished another pair of socks! Surprised? I'm not. From the looks of the WIPs that I've been keeping with me or near me, it would appear that this will be a Summer of Socks. This warm summer weather is making me want to knit alllll the socks. And yes, toting around a small sock project is much, MUCH easier than a sweater or even a shawl project. Especially now, when you're hauling around bottles of water, sunscreen, various snacks, an external battery pack charger for your smartphone (cause you know, playing Pok√©mon Go can really kill your battery!), possibly a book or two, and whatever extras you carry around when you've got a kid, it's hot out, and it seems like someone is always hungry. Socks are just too easy to not have in your handbag. Amirite?!?

Ok, fine. I know that not everyone is a sock knitter. Some knitters hate knitting socks (say what??), and some knitters have no use for hand knits socks as they either have issues wearing them with their shoes (I totally get that, I only wear my hand knit socks with my rain boots) or their feet are already pretty darn warm without the extra woolly layer. But for this knitter, knitting socks are a total must. They're small, usually mindless, and a knit that I can put down and pick up without having to sort out where I am in the pattern. Easy peasy.

These Rose City Rollers socks are no different. If anything, they are easier than my usual go-to plain vanillas. There's no ribbing and they're half the size of a typical sock, which means less knitting and no need to constantly measuring the leg length or cuff. These socks practically knit themselves up! 

For this particular pair I used three minis from my Opal advent calendar. Although, I kind of cheated a little and used a few yards of the same blue yarn I had used for my Miss.Matched socks for one of the toes. I don't think you can tell the difference since this is already a fraternal pair. I'm sure I would've had enough yarn to knit this pattern without having to dip into some leftovers had I started out with three full mini skeins and had I not used a tiny of bit of yarn from one of the minis in the aforementioned Miss.Matched socks. Oh well. 

I found that my gauge and the fit of the Miss.Matched socks were a little looser than I would have liked, so I decided to go down a needle size for this pair. I think the fit of these Rose City Rollers are a smidge tight, which I don't mind at all and in the end, I don't think it would make a difference if I used my usual sock needle size or the one down. The only mod I made was to decrease the toes until there were only 20 stitches left (instead of the 16 stitches as written in the pattern) as I didn't want my toes to be too pointy.

I highly recommend this pattern and love just how little yarn is required to knit up a pair. I have small feet and find that I always have a lot of yarn leftover after I knit a pair of socks, so I'm pretty excited to finally have a use for all these bits and bobs of sock yarn! I've already pulled out all the larger leftover skeins from my stash to specifically knit more Rose City Rollers. Cause trust me, this Opal mini pair will not be my one and only pair of Rose City Rollers!

:: Sock Details ::
Pattern: Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner

Yarn: Opal 4-ply Sock minis
Colours: Unknown, colours used were days 4, 5, and 7 as they came out of the advent box
Needles: Knit Picks Nickel Plated Fixed Circular in 2mm (US 0)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Rose City Opal Rollers

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