You know you’ve hit “high summer” when the humidity is such that knitting a sock outdoors at 5:00 a.m. is unpleasant because of said humidity.
Yep, I knit socks outdoors at 5:00 a.m. Well, 5:05 a.m., if you wanna get all technical about it. Because that is the ungodly hour at which I reach the train platform for the morning commute. Go on, pity me.
(You may also envy me as I sashay outta the office at 3:00 p.m. most weekdays. I do so love me some flex-time!)
Over the past few days, a number of you have left comments or emailed asking for the pattern for the feather and fan socks I make. I’ve been emailing people individually, pointing them in the direction of the blog entry where I talked about what I do to make a feather and fan sock. But I have to search my blog archives every time because I forget which entry it is every single time.
So. Without further ado, I present to you:
Wendy’s Generic Toe-Up Feather and Fan Sock Pattern — pdf format
Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’. 😉
About socks . . . some questions from the comments!
What brand of sock yarn do you find easiest to work with? The yarn I’m using right now seems to split very easily.
So . . . many . . . sock . . . yarns . . .
Some of the ones I’ve found easiest to work with are Socks That Rock lightweight, Fleece Artist, Claudia Handpaint — you know, all the nice sproingy squishy yarns. I’ve not had any problem with splitting on any of those.
Any suggestions for a sock pattern using very dark blue variegated yarn? I think a lace pattern might get lost so perhaps cables?
If you think a lace pattern might get lost, cables might too. Just sayin’.
You might want to consider an all-over texture pattern. Check out your favorite stitch dictionary and swatchy, swatchy, swatchy whatever seems alluring to you! If you have the 365 Knitting Stitches calendar, that’s another great source for stitch patterns.
And a non-sock-related question, from Barbp:
I’m kind of wondering out loud here about why patterns or accomplished knitters (such as yourself) put stitches on “yarn” to keep them live. Would I be able to put the stitches on a stitch holder? Is the yarn just more flexible for moving the stitches around without stretching the stitches?
For me, it’s simple. Here’s a picture of the stitches threaded on yarn, along with the smallest stitch holder I have.
If it’s just one or two stitches, I’ll use one of these:
A coilless pin. But the 8 stitches would be jammed uncomfortably on the pin.
Hence the length of yarn. Necessity is the mother of invention.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
This morning I heard that Syd Barrett died. So sad.
And at the exact moment I was over leaving a comment on Shelley’s blog to let her know, she was leaving a comment on my blog to let me know. As Shelley said in a subsequent email, “Pretty cosmic there lady!”