Busy day today — busy, busy, busy!
But I did manage to finish the first Tiger sock for the KOARC. And here it is, in its glory.
The sock is 72 stitches around on a size 0 (2mm) needle, which gives me 8 stitches to the inch. When I did the ribbing at the top I increased to 80 stitches and did a 5×5 ribbing. Then finished it off with the stretchy sewn cast-off.
I will often increase stitches before I start the ribbing, to ensure that the sock will not be too tight around the top, thereby making it easier to put on and take off. The ribbing pulls the knitted fabric in, so the increases are not noticeable.
Because I am assuming the KOARC does not wish to wear one sock and hop around on one foot, I have started the second sock.
I made a halfhearted attempt to match the socks but I can see already that they are going to be fraternal twins. Is it even possible to match the stripes on tiger yarn? I dunno . . .
Marjorie had a good question in the comments:
What do you think of the reinforcing thread to make all-wool sock heels and toes more durable? I tried it on the heels of one pair, and I was very disappointed because the heels looked much thicker than the rest of the sock.
Okay, I’ll confess the truth. I’ve never tried using the reinforcing thread because it looked like a pain to deal with and I am far too lazy. Please do not judge me too harshly!
I am still plugging along, though progress is slow. The row gauge on this baby is about 8.25 rows/inch. These cables really suck up rows!
First Book Signing Event!
My first book signing! This Saturday, April 29, noon til 2pm, at Knit Happens in Alexandria, VA. There is a map and directions on their website. Come see if I remember how to sign my name. Doh!
The King of All Remote Controls will be present at the book signing, complete with his (pumice) stones, as he mentioned earlier this week on his blog.
Hey! That’s my daddy you’re talking about!