Thank you, Bakerina, for those words of wisdom.
This good advice was running through my head when Blogless L-B (hee hee!) emailed me to let me know that Blue Moon Fiber Arts updated their website. Be still, my heart.
There is a distinct possibility that there is more sock yarn heading my way.
But, as Wenders pointed out (and very astutely, I might add) “just like broken cookies, sock yarn TOTALLY doesn’t count!”
I liked Phyl’s comment too: “If there were a 12-step program, we’d need a new pair of socks for each step, right?” Phyl, I think you are on to something!
Anyway . . .
Here’s my first Claudia Handpainted sock (Sarah, it does smell ever-so-slightly of lemon dish soap!).
I did a little lace-ribby thang around the top — like the lace pattern on my last socks, but threw in some purls for good measure.
It’s a 6-stitch pattern repeat:
Row 1: (p2, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, p1) around.
Rows 2 – 4: (p2, k3, p1) around
I have a question for you. When you’re making socks for someone else, is there a formula or percentage you use to work the heel and toe (to know how many stitches to work down to)? Or do you just eyeball it?
I just eyeball it. I sometimes think that future sock recipients wonder why I stare at their feet — heh! Generally, I make the toe and heel about one-third of the total circumference of the sock.
In the comments last week, Pam asked:
A question about knitting tension. I noticed in the Virtual Yarns FAQ the opinion expressed that knitters should be able to control tension (which I assume = gauge?)with their hands, rather than changing needles. I’m a very tight knitter. I thought knitting tight or loose was a given, like being short or tall. But maybe not???? You’ve knit so many beautiful Starmore designs. What is your experience?
I can control my tension with my hands. I find it pretty easy, but that might have something to do with my pick-up-and-wrap style of knitting.
Anyone else care to weigh in?
Turn On, Tune In, Spin Out
Dudes, Cara is getting all 1960s on us! No doubt you’ve all seen her announcement for the Spin Out on June 24th in Central Park. How I wish I could be there! But I did order one of her freaked out t-shirts (follow the links from her blog entry to buy swag!), and donated to Heifer International via her registry page. You can too, and there are prizes to be had, people! Heifer International is one of my favorite charities, so I am so pleased to see them benefit from this event. All hail Cara!
I Finished My Flower Basket Shawl
Here it is, in its pre-blocked state:
I just finished blocking it, but will save the blocked photos for tomorrow. Tune in then!
“Gee. I can hardly wait.”