Debi, sweetheart, I broke out the macro lens. These pix are for you!
That’s my Lisa Souza sock yarn.
Thank you all for the affirmations for my use of Paintshop Pro. I feel validated.
A couple of days ago someone asked in the comments what yarn to use for the crochet chain for a provisional cast-on. (Yes, I know I could have gone back and looked to see who it was, but I didn’t.)
What You Should Use: use a smooth yarn (like cotton) in approximately the same weight as your working yarn.
What I Use: Any old thing.
I usually use dribs and drabs of other sock yarn, left over from previous sock projects. It is true that you shouldn’t use something with a high fuzz-factor — it’s much easier to pick up stitches on a smooth chain than a fuzzy chain. Same goes for splitty yarn — Avoid! Avoid! Danger, Will Robinson!
Here’s the chain for my newest sock in progress:
That’s Lorna’s Laces in the “Gold Hill” colorway. I generally try to use a color for the crochet chain that contrasts well against the color of the working yarn. I didn’t do so hot this time. Well, part of it contrasted.
I started a sock with some of my Spirit-Trail sock yarn purchased last weekend.
This yarn is 100% superwash merino and the colors just called out to me. It’s slightly heavier than what I’ve been using — I’m getting 7.5 st/inch on a size 0, instead of my usual 8. So I went down a few stitches in size.
And I’m still working on Deirdre.
Lucy just wants me to shut up so she can sleep.