The Bob socks are done! The Bob socks are done!
These are knitted from 2 skeins of Regia sock yarn in color #5166 using my Generic Toe Up Sock Pattern, US 0 (2mm needles), and a total of 72 stitches. They are for a man’s foot (size 10 shoe) and I used all but a few yards of the yarn.
That’s one of the things I really like about knitting socks toe-up: you can knit til you run out of yarn to make the leg as long as possible.
I did a pretty good job of matching the stripes on these babies. Here are the toes:
And here are the cuffs:
I started a new sock on my morning commute today. Said morning commute was just long enough to complete a toe:
The yarn is the wonderful Socks That Rock from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The colorway I’m using is Azure Malachite (I don’t think it’s currently available), and the yarn was sent to me by the lovely and wonderfully generous Cara last December.
I divided my skein of Socks that Rock into two (hopefully) equal balls, so that I could, as I mentioned above, knit til I run out of yarn. I first wound the entire skein on my ballwinder into a ball. I weighed the ball.
Then I started winding a second ball from the first ball on my ballwinder, stopping to weigh the first ball from time to time.
When the first ball weighed half of its original weight, I stopped and cut the yarn, thusly ending up with two balls. Their weight is off by just a hair, so I started the first sock using the ever-so-slightly smaller ball.
I’m making the foot plain on this sock, but I’m thinking I’ll do a feather and fan pattern on the leg. I don’t want the pattern extended down on the instep, because k2togethers in my shoes can irritate me. Yes, I am a delicate flower.
Yeah, these socks are for me. I have 64 stitches around at 8 stitches/inch. When I get to the leg, I’ll increase to 72 stitches so that I have the proper multiples for the feather and fan stitch pattern. And because I have fat legs.
So there you have it.
While working the short row toe on the train this morning, I paid attention to how I actually pick up and work my double wraps so I could describe it here.
On the knit side, I slide the wrapped stitch, unworked, from the left to right needle. Then with the tip of my left needle, I pick up the 2 wraps around that unworked stitch and place them on the right needle along with the unworked stitch. Then I slide the tip of my left needle through the 3 unworked loops on the right needle (the stitch and the 2 picked-up wraps) so that the needles are positioned for me to knit 3 together through the back loops, and I work it thusly.
I do the same thing on the purl side, except that when I slide the left needle through the 3 loops on the right needle, it is set up to purl normally. So I do. Purl 3 together normally, that is.
The short rows look pretty much identical on each side of the sock when I do it this way.
Flash Your Stash?
Wendy…could you possibly show us your knitting stash? In terms of what it’s in, how it’s organized, etc.
That request is based on the supposition that my stash is organized and in something.
My stash is not organized, and it is in a series of boxes, bags, and well, heck, some of it ain’t in anything at all.
These are my two bears that I’m sending off tomorrow in support of Phyl’s Bear Drive. I think they are pretty cute!